Samuel George PEARSE VC, MM


PEARSE, Samuel George

Service Numbers: 2870, 133002
Enlisted: 5 July 1915, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 45th Battalion Royal Fusiliers
Born: Penarth, Glamorganshire, Wales, 16 July 1897
Home Town: Koorlong, Mildura Shire, Victoria
Schooling: Penarth Grammar School
Occupation: Trapper
Died: Killed in Action, Yemtsa, Russia, 29 August 1919, aged 22 years
Cemetery: Archangel Allied Cemetery
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Memorials: Samuel George Pearse VC MM Memorial
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World War 1 Service

5 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2870, Melbourne, Victoria
10 Sep 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2870, 7th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Star of Victoria, Melbourne
10 Sep 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2870, 7th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
5 Jun 1919: Involvement British Army, Sergeant, SN 133002, 45th Battalion Royal Fusiliers, North Russia 1918-19
18 Jul 1919: Involvement AIF WW1, SN 133002, 45th Battalion Royal Fusiliers, North Russia 1918-19

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Husband of Mrs. Pearse, of Koorlong, Mildura, Victoria, Australia. (buried Obozerskaya Burial Ground).



An extract from The London Gazette, dated 23rd Oct., 1919, records the following

"For most conspicuous bravery, devotion to duty and self sacrifice during the operation against the enemy battery position north of Emtsa (North Russia) on the 29th August, 1919. Serjeant Pearse cut his way through the enemy barbed wire under very heavy machine-gun and rifle fire and cleared a way for the troops to enter the battery position. Seeing that a blockhouse was harassing our advance and causing us casualties, he charged the blockhouse single-handed, killing the occupants with bombs. This gallant noncommissioned officer met his death a minute later, and it was due to him that the position was carried with so few casualties. His magnificent bravery and utter disregard for personal danger won for him the admiration of all troops."