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Robert James PEARCE

Regimental number1600
Place of birthBathurst New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationIronworker
AddressRailway Crescent, Arncliffe, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinMother, Mrs Amy Pearce, Railway Crescent, Arncliffe, New South Wales
Enlistment date19 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name30th Battalion, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/47/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A72 Beltana on 9 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll30th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 16 October 1917

FateReturned to Australia 21 March 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in New South Wales Garden of Remembrance
Medals

Military Medal

'At BROODSEINDE RIDGE east of YPRES from 9th to 13th October, 1917, No. 1600 Private PEARCE came specially under notice for his excellent work at all times in the capacity of guide and runner. He was constantly out under extremely heavy shell fire carrying messages to the front line in daylight, displaying an utter contempt for snipers who were very active at times, and in so doing he enabled touch to be maintained with the Companies in the line when it was found impossible to maintain a telephone line to them. This man displayed conspicuous courage and willingness throughout the whole operation and also rendered valuable assistance to the incoming Battalion in directing their guides when they were at fault in the intense darkness, undoubtedly saving them from casualties. I consider his splendid courage and devotion to duty worthy of special recognition.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 76
Date: 23 May 1918

Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death12 November 1954

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