William PEARCE

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PEARCE, William

Service Numbers: 225, 3112
Enlisted: 10 February 1915, Place of enlistment - Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Gunner
Last Unit: 12th Field Artillery Brigade
Born: Mortlake, Victoria, Australia, 1890
Home Town: St Kilda, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Died of wounds, France, 14 December 1917
Cemetery: Trois Arbres Cemetery
Plot II, Row C, Grave 7
Tree Plaque: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

10 Feb 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 225, 22nd Infantry Battalion, Place of enlistment - Melbourne, Victoria
19 Apr 1915: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, SN 225, 22nd Infantry Battalion, Discharged as sole support of invalid Mother, Father nearly wholly blind.
12 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3112, Place of enlistment - Melbourne, Victoria
16 Oct 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 3112, Embarked on HMAT 'A17' Port Lincoln from Melbourne on 16th October 1915, disembarking Egypt.
3 Mar 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 46th Infantry Battalion
23 Mar 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Gunner, 12th Field Artillery Brigade , 45th Battery
2 Jun 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Gunner, SN 3112, 12th Field Artillery Brigade , Embarked from Alexandria, Egypt on 2nd June 1916, disembarking Marseilles, France on 9th June 1916 to join the British Expeditionary Forces.
13 Dec 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Gunner, 12th Field Artillery Brigade , About 12:20 p.m. on 13.12.17 while a party was unloading supply lorries at Sheet 28.S.30 c. An unknown man picked up a German "dud" air bomb which was lying in the vicinity, and after examining it dropped it when it instantly exploded. 5 soldiers were killed outright and 5 other wounded of whom Gunner Pearce was bought into the 2nd Australian Casualty Clearing Station unconscious with a head wound and succumbed to his injuries the following day.

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Biography contributed by Daryl Jones

Son of A and Catherine PEARCE of 31 Duke Street, St Kilda East, Melbourne Victoria.