Tuesday 9 August 2011

Private William Pearson

Born on 25 March 1896 in Liverpool, England - son of John Pearson, Birkenhead, England - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: present address in Brockville, Ontario; trade as laborer; single; currently a member of the 41st Regiment (two years); no previous military service; Church of England; height of 5 feet 9 inches; chest of 33 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; blue eyes; medium brown hair.

Joined the 156th Battalion, CEF, in Brockville, Ontario, on 15 November 1915 (number 639108) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 24 May 1917 - killed in action on 30 October 1917 - buried in Tyne Cot Cemetery (grave I.B.8), France.

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (www.collectionscanada.gc.ca), 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, www.cwgc.org)

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