Robert Fearnley PEARSON


PEARSON, Robert Fearnley

Service Number: 3900
Enlisted: 21 July 1915, 12th reinforcements
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 6th Infantry Battalion
Born: Brunswick, Victoria, Australia, 1889
Home Town: South Yarra, Melbourne, Victoria
Schooling: Yarragon State School, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Driver
Died: Killed In Action, To Be Determined, France, 24 July 1916
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France), Yarragon War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

21 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3900, 6th Infantry Battalion, 12th reinforcements
23 Nov 1915: Involvement Private, SN 3900, 6th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières
23 Nov 1915: Embarked Private, SN 3900, 6th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ceramic, Melbourne

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

Name: Robert Fearnley Pearson
Birth Date: Abt 1889
Birth Place:Brunswick, Victoria
Registration Year: 1889
Registration Place:Victoria, Australia
Father:James Pearson
Mother:Agnes Masterton
Registration Number:29018


One of three brothers from Yarragon in Victoria killed in action in France, his brother 1114 Private George Charles Pearson, 31st Battalion, was killed in action on 3 days prior 21 July 1916 at Fromelles, aged 24 years. His youngest brother 345 Pte John Leslie Pearson, 3rd Machine Gun Company, was killed in action 15 April 1918, aged 19 years.

A nephew, 2795 Sergeant William Francis Skinner, D Company, 59th Battalion, of Gippsland, Victoria was killed in action on 31 August 1918, near Peronne, France, aged 20 years.

He was living in South Yarra when he enlsted and his wife of 5 years, Annie Evelyn Pearson stated on his Roll of Honour form, “He had 2 brothers killed in action.”