Thursday 4 August 2011

Private Reginald Richard Pearce

Born on 11 May 1880 in Brantford, Ontario - youngest son of Richard D. and Jane Pearce, Brantford, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as carpenter; single; Church of England; height of 5 feet 8.5 inches; chest of 38.5 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; blue eyes; dark brown hair.

Joined the 59th Battalion, CEF, in Lindsay, Ontario, on 29 May 1915 - transferred to the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 22 June 1915 (number 410852) - served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - struck off the strength of the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - later joined the 78th Battalion, CEF - wounded on 21 November 1916 - died of wounds on 27 November 1916 - buried in Etretat Churchyard (grave II.A.10), France.

(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; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register,

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