Friday 5 August 2011

Private Thomas James Pearce, MM

Born on 15 August 1895 in Buffalo, New York - brother of William S. Pearce, Jr., Toronto, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as stockkeeper; single; no current or previous military service; Presbyterian; height of 5 feet 6 inches; chest of 33 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; blue eyes; blonde hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Barriefield, Ontario, on 25 July 1915 (number 410853) - served with the 38th Battalion, CEF, during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - wounded on 23 April 1918 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1918 - struck off the strength of the 38th Battalion on 16 June 1919.

Awarded the Military Medal - no official citation - unit recommendation date unknown (announced 13 March 1919), no recommendation text.

(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; Canadian War Museum, 19680229-001, Manu 58C 1 2.18, Honours and Awards, 38th Battalion (Records of recommendations for honours and awards and mentioned in dispatches 19161121 19190117))

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