Thursday 4 August 2011

Private Joseph Pearce

Born on 26 April 1895 in Manchester, England - Pearce's guardian was Wellington Lazier, Thurlow Township, via Belleville, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as farmer; single; no current military service; previously served with the 15th Regiment (one year); Church of England; height of 5 feet 2.75 inches; chest of 35 inches fully expanded; medium complexion; brown eyes; dark brown eyes.

Joined the 80th Battalion, CEF, in Belleville, Ontario, on 1 November 1915 (number 220138) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, in England on 18 July 1916 - struck off the strength of the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 6 October 1916 - wounded on 19 or 22 June 1917 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 1 September 1917 - transferred to the Canadian Forestry Corps, CEF, on 5 or 8 March 1918.

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (, online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force)

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