PEARCE, Wilfred John

PEARCE, Wilfred John

Male 1899 - 1976  (76 years)

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  • Name PEARCE, Wilfred John  
    Born 5 Jun 1899  Whitchurch Canonicorum, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened 16 Jul 1899  Whitchurch Canonicorum, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1901  Hooke, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Hooke Police Station (where father was Police Constable) 
    Residence 1911  Bishop's Caundle, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation 15 Nov 1916  Poole, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gardener 
    Occupation 16 Nov 1916 
    Enlisted into British Army aged 17yrs and 5 months 
    Address 22 Aug 1918  Meaulte, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    THE HUNDRED DAYS OFFENSIVE, AUGUST-NOVEMBER 1918
    THE HUNDRED DAYS OFFENSIVE, AUGUST-NOVEMBER 1918© IWM (Q 7301)
    Battle of Amiens. Mark V (Female) tanks of the 4th Battalion, Tank Corps, passing through Meaulte on the day of its capture by the 5th Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment (12th Division), 22 August 1918.
    From Forces War Records:
    Second Battles Of The Somme - Battle Of Albert - 22/08/1918
    Location: Meaulte. Decisive Allied victory. In holding the German Spring Offensive, the Allies and particularly the B.E.F. took increased confidence in their ability to turn the tide of war in their favour.

    Replacement troops, including newly-arrived Americans, and new equipment helped to rebuild after the losses earlier in the year and it was decided by the Allied command to go on the offensive. Third Army, still under the command of General Byng were to take and hold the alignment of the Arras to Albert railway.

    Infantry were trained to work in co-operation with the armoured regiments (the new Whippet and Mk V tanks were much improved compared to their predecessors) and to coordinate with the RAF when air cover was needed. On 22nd August, Fourth Army, to the south of Third Army also recommenced its advance to support Third Army.

    When the advance began 12th (Eastern) Division in III Corps, on the left flank of Third Army, were holding a position east of Morlancourt. Their objective on 22nd August was to advance east across the Morlancourt Ridge, south of Albert, 36th Infantry Brigade on the left and 35th Infantry Brigade on the right.

    On the far left, 5th Royal Berkshire Regiment captured and cleared Meaulte with tank support. Following the capture of Meaulte the Division continued its advance across the old Somme battlefield, capturing Mametz and reaching Carnoy by 25th August.

    Clearing Carnoy the Division continued east, clearing Bois Faviere (Faviere Wood) and capturing Hardecourt-aux-Bois before it was relieved on 29th August, an advance of 12 miles (18km). 
    Address 22/Aug/1918  Meaulte, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    THE HUNDRED DAYS OFFENSIVE, AUGUST-NOVEMBER 1918
    THE HUNDRED DAYS OFFENSIVE, AUGUST-NOVEMBER 1918© IWM (Q 6987)
    Battle of Albert. Ruins of Meaulte taken by the 5th Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment (12th Division), on 22 August 1918 (23 August). The pontoons were left behind by the British in March. 
    Address 22/AUG/1918  Meaulte, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    THE HUNDRED DAYS OFFENSIVE, AUGUST-NOVEMBER 1918
    THE HUNDRED DAYS OFFENSIVE, AUGUST-NOVEMBER 1918© IWM (Q 7302)
    British tanks in Meaulte on same day as Wilfred Pearce was gassed there 
    Residence 23 Aug 1918  Near Rouen, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gassed by German troops and taken to the 55th Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps. Suffered from chronic bronchitis since then http://www.1914-1918.net/fieldambulances.htm http://www.1914-1918.net/18div.htm
     
    Occupation 14 Mar 1919  Dublin Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Re-enlisted in British Army 
    Residence 29 Jul 1919  Londonderry, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 18 Jan 1920  Delhi, India Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Clerk at Army HQ India 
    Occupation 1921 
    Discharged from British Army 2nd Battalion Dorset Regiment 
    Occupation 26 Sep 1925 
    Bailiff 
    Residence 26 Sep 1925  Hamworthy, Poole, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1939  1 White Horse Drive, Poole, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    1939 register TNA 
    Occupation Sep 1939  [1
    Builders Labourer 
    Died 25 Mar 1976  Poole General Hospital, Poole, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Cause: 1a Bronchopneumonia 1b Chronic Bronchitis & Emphysema 
    Notes 
    • Joined ? Staffordshire Regiment
      Later Devon and Dorsets
      Gassed during WW1
      Served in Ireland and India
      Private
      Poole Hospital Heating Engineer
      Death informed by Eva Pearce on 26/3/1976
    Person ID I0009  Pearce
    Last Modified 4 Mar 2017 

    Father PEARCE, Robert John,   b. 02 Dec 1866, St James, Poole, Dorset ,England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. last quarter 1940  (Age 73 years) 
    Mother WHITE, Rose Elizabeth,   b. Jun 1871, Charminster, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 14 May 1895  Holy Trinity Parish Church, Dorchester, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F004  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family READ, Eva Kate,   b. 13 Mar 1902, Deptford, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jun 1984, Poole General Hospital, Poole, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Married 26 Sep 1925  St Marys Church, Longfleet, Poole, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. PEARCE, David George,   b. 24 May 1933, Poole, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Sep 2003, Bournemouth Hospital, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
     2. PEARCE, John Frederick,   b. 7 Mar 1927, Poole, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jan 2013, Forest Hill House Nursing Home, Rushall Lane, Corfe Mullen, Wimborne, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
    Family ID F003  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 5 Jun 1899 - Whitchurch Canonicorum, Dorset, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 16 Jul 1899 - Whitchurch Canonicorum, Dorset, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Hooke Police Station (where father was Police Constable) - 1901 - Hooke, Dorset, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1911 - Bishop's Caundle, Dorset, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Gardener - 15 Nov 1916 - Poole, Dorset, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsAddress - THE HUNDRED DAYS OFFENSIVE, AUGUST-NOVEMBER 1918 THE HUNDRED DAYS OFFENSIVE, AUGUST-NOVEMBER 1918© IWM (Q 7301) Battle of Amiens. Mark V (Female) tanks of the 4th Battalion, Tank Corps, passing through Meaulte on the day of its capture by the 5th Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment (12th Division), 22 August 1918. From Forces War Records: Second Battles Of The Somme - Battle Of Albert - 22/08/1918 Location: Meaulte. Decisive Allied victory. In holding the German Spring Offensive, the Allies and particularly the B.E.F. took increased confidence in their ability to turn the tide of war in their favour. Replacement troops, including newly-arrived Americans, and new equipment helped to rebuild after the losses earlier in the year and it was decided by the Allied command to go on the offensive. Third Army, still under the command of General Byng were to take and hold the alignment of the Arras to Albert railway. Infantry were trained to work in co-operation with the armoured regiments (the new Whippet and Mk V tanks were much improved compared to their predecessors) and to coordinate with the RAF when air cover was needed. On 22nd August, Fourth Army, to the south of Third Army also recommenced its advance to support Third Army. When the advance began 12th (Eastern) Division in III Corps, on the left flank of Third Army, were holding a position east of Morlancourt. Their objective on 22nd August was to advance east across the Morlancourt Ridge, south of Albert, 36th Infantry Brigade on the left and 35th Infantry Brigade on the right. On the far left, 5th Royal Berkshire Regiment captured and cleared Meaulte with tank support. Following the capture of Meaulte the Division continued its advance across the old Somme battlefield, capturing Mametz and reaching Carnoy by 25th August. Clearing Carnoy the Division continued east, clearing Bois Faviere (Faviere Wood) and capturing Hardecourt-aux-Bois before it was relieved on 29th August, an advance of 12 miles (18km). - 22 Aug 1918 - Meaulte, France Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsAddress - THE HUNDRED DAYS OFFENSIVE, AUGUST-NOVEMBER 1918 THE HUNDRED DAYS OFFENSIVE, AUGUST-NOVEMBER 1918© IWM (Q 6987) Battle of Albert. Ruins of Meaulte taken by the 5th Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment (12th Division), on 22 August 1918 (23 August). The pontoons were left behind by the British in March. - 22/Aug/1918 - Meaulte, France Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsAddress - THE HUNDRED DAYS OFFENSIVE, AUGUST-NOVEMBER 1918 THE HUNDRED DAYS OFFENSIVE, AUGUST-NOVEMBER 1918© IWM (Q 7302) British tanks in Meaulte on same day as Wilfred Pearce was gassed there - 22/AUG/1918 - Meaulte, France Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Gassed by German troops and taken to the 55th Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps. Suffered from chronic bronchitis since then http://www.1914-1918.net/fieldambulances.htm http://www.1914-1918.net/18div.htm - 23 Aug 1918 - Near Rouen, France Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Re-enlisted in British Army - 14 Mar 1919 - Dublin Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 29 Jul 1919 - Londonderry, Ireland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Clerk at Army HQ India - 18 Jan 1920 - Delhi, India Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 26 Sep 1925 - Hamworthy, Poole, Dorset, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 26 Sep 1925 - St Marys Church, Longfleet, Poole, Dorset, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1939 register TNA - 1939 - 1 White Horse Drive, Poole, Dorset, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: 1a Bronchopneumonia 1b Chronic Bronchitis & Emphysema - 25 Mar 1976 - Poole General Hospital, Poole, Dorset, England Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Pearces and Reads
    Pearces and Reads
    Eva and Wilfs Silver wedding anniversary
    Wilfred Pearce in uniform
    Wilfred Pearce in uniform
    Wilfred Pearce in uniform standing
    Wilfred Pearce in uniform standing
    Wilfred Pearce in uniform sitting
    Wilfred Pearce in uniform sitting
    Wilfred Pearce
    Wilfred Pearce
    Wilfred Pearce at Bishops Caundle 1972
    Wilfred Pearce at Bishops Caundle 1972
    1st Australian General Hospital at Rouen
    1st Australian General Hospital at Rouen
    The band of the 20th Battalion performing near the Administrative Offices, and the main entrance to the 1st Australian General Hospital (1AGH). This band was attached to the 1AGH to entertain the patients and also visited other hospitals for the same purpose. Note the flagstaff carrying the Red Cross flag and Australian flag upon the hospital crossbar. The 1AGH notice board with the electric light to switch on at night when convoys were expected.

    Documents
    Wilfred Pearce Birth certificate
    Wilfred Pearce Birth certificate
    Wilfred Pearce death certificate
    Wilfred Pearce death certificate
    Wilfred Pearce army career 1
    Wilfred Pearce army career 1
    Wilfred Pearce army discharge papers 1921
    Wilfred Pearce army discharge papers 1921
    Wilfred Pearce army career 2
    Wilfred Pearce army career 2
    Wilfred Pearce army career 3
    Wilfred Pearce army career 3
    Wilfred Pearce Medal Roll WW1
    Wilfred Pearce Medal Roll WW1
    Wilfred Pearce Telephone 1984
    Wilfred Pearce Telephone 1984
    Marriage Certificate of Wilfred Pearce and Kate Read
    Marriage Certificate of Wilfred Pearce and Kate Read
    Robert John Pearce Census 1911
    Robert John Pearce Census 1911
    Robert John Pearce census 1901
    Robert John Pearce census 1901
    Note place of residence Police Station
    Marriage of Francis Clissold and Kathleen Pearce 1946
    Marriage of Francis Clissold and Kathleen Pearce 1946
    Witnessed by Wilfred John Pearce (and an A Pearce ? Archibald)
    Family entry Census 1911 Bishop's Caundle
    Family entry Census 1911 Bishop's Caundle
    Baptism Wifred John Pearce
    Baptism Wifred John Pearce
    Wilfred Pearce And family 1939
    Wilfred Pearce And family 1939

  • Sources 
    1. [S5] 1939 Register, (Find My Past).


  

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