Harold PEARCE

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PEARCE, Harold

Service Number: SX2139
Enlisted: 26 March 1940, Watervale, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 2nd/48th Infantry Battalion
Born: Watervale, South Australia, 23 January 1920
Home Town: Watervale, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in action, Egypt, 26 October 1942, aged 22 years
Cemetery: El Alamein War Cemetery
Plot XXII. Row A. Grave 3. His name is located at panel 63 in the Commemorative Area at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, ACT.
Tree Plaque: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Adelaide WW2 Wall of Remembrance, Auburn RSL Community Centre, Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Watervale Court Bushmans Home WW2 Honour Roll, Watervale War Memorial
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World War 2 Service

26 Mar 1940: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN SX2139, Enlistment/Embarkation WW2
26 Mar 1940: Enlisted 2nd AIF WW 2, Watervale, South Australia
24 Jun 1940: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN SX2139, 2nd/10th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW2
24 Jun 1940: Embarked 2nd AIF WW 2, SS Strathmore
24 Jul 1941: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN SX2139, 2nd/48th Infantry Battalion
26 Oct 1942: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN SX2139, 2nd/48th Infantry Battalion, El Alamein
Date unknown: Involvement

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Biography

Born 23 January 1920 Watervale, near Auburn, SA
(SA Birth Record 1907 - 1928, Book : 49A Page :502 District : Cla.)

Father Albert James PEARCE  and  Mother Balbina Pearce (nee NIEMIETZ).

Siblings:
Brother    Philip PEARCE                      (b. 10/7/1912 Port Pirie, SA
                (SA Birth Record 1907 - 1928, Book : 892 Page : 138 District : Cla.)
Sister       Irene PEARCE                     (b. 26/1/1916 Penwortham, near Clare, SA
                (SA Birth Record 1907 - 1928, Book : 973 Page :266 District : Cla.)
Brother     George PEARCE                  (b. 5/2/1918 Penwortham, near Clare, SA
                (SA Birth Record 1907 - 1928, Book : 13A Page : 466 District : Cla.)
Brother     Edward PEARCE                  (b. 8/9/1921 Clare, SA
                (SA Birth Record 1907 - 1928, Book : 82A Page : 54 District : Cla.)
Brother    John David PEARCE              (b. 19/9/1923 Watervale, near Auburn, SA
                (SA Birth Record 1907 - 1928, Book : 123A Page : 81 District : UpW.)
Brother    Richard Thomas PEARCE      (b. 10/12/1925 Watervale, near Auburn, SA
                (SA Birth Record 1907 - 1928, Book : 165A Page : 146 District : UpW.)

Next of kin in service:
Brother    SX7239  Private Philip Pearce
                29/6/1940      enlisted at Watervale, SA
                                       last rank Lance Corporal in 2/48 Australian Infantry Battalion
                31/10/1942    killed in action
                buried in:       El Alamein War Cemetery, Egypt (Plot XVI (16); Row D; Grave 9)

Brother    SX9706 Private George Pearce
                 27/7/1940     enlisted at Watervale, SA
                                       last rank Private in 2/43 Australian Infantry Battalion
                 16/8/1941     died of wounds (received in action) - in Libya
                  buried in:     El Alamein War Cemetery, Egypt (Plot IV. Row F. Grave 2)

Brother    SX23840  Private Edward Pearce
               31/8//1942     enlisted into WWII AIF at Watervale, SA
                                      last rank Driver in 121st Australian General Transport Company
               23/4/1946      discharged from service in AIF

Brother    SX22244 Private John David Pearce
                20/8/1942     enlisted at Watervale, SA
                                      last rank Private in 7 Ordnance Vehicle Park
                26/6/1946     discharged from service in AIF

Described on enlisting as 20 years 3 months old; single; blue eyes; brown hair; Roman Catholic

26/3/1940         enlisted at Watervale, South Australia  (later signing up in Adelaide, SA)

11-19-6/1940     pre-embarkation leave

24/6/1940          embarked on board SS Strathmore, 2nd regiment, 2/10 Battalion
30/7/1940          disembarked into Liverpool, England

30/7/1940          marched in to Depot of Personnel, Bulford

16/8/1940          transferred to 72nd Battalion

5/1/1941            embarked on board HMT J33 at Glasgow
8/3/1941            disembarked at Middle East

17/6/1941          gun shot wound to right of chest
27/6/1941          evacuated to 7th Australian General Hospital
21/7/1941          discharged to convalescent depot
24/7/1941          taken on strength from 2/33 Battalion to 2/48 Battalion

3/8/1942            attending Signals 9th Australian Division Signal School
18/8/1942          rejoined unit from 9th Australian Division Signal School
29/9/1942          attending Signals 9th Australian Division Signal School
13/10/1942        rejoined unit from 9th Australian Division Signal School

26/10/1942        Harold was killed in action
30/10/1942        buried in:    Grave B15, Military Cemetery at Tel el Eisa

31/3/1945         Harold's remains were exhumed and reburied in:
                        El Alamein War Cemetery, Egypt
                        Plot XXII. Row A. Grave 3

Sourced and submitted by Julianne T Ryan.   11/6/2015.  Lest we forget.

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