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William John PEARSON

Regimental number1808
Place of birthHorsham, Victoria
ReligionMethodist
OccupationLabourer
AddressDimboola Road, Horsham, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Height5' 11.75"
Weight174 lbs
Next of kinFather, J Pearson, Dimboola Road, Horsham, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date8 January 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name6th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/23/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 13 April 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll58th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Age at death from cemetery records29
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 14), Australian Cemetery, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
166
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John and Mary PEARSON, Dimboola Road, Horsham, Victoria
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Joined 6th Bn, Gallipoli, 27 May 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria, ex-Lemnos, 7 January 1916.

Transferred to 58th Bn, 17 February 1916; taken on strength of 58th Bn, Serapeum, 17 February 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 17 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Wounded in action, 19 July 1916.

Report of 10 September 1916, 'Pte Pearson was seen to get back to our lines, badly wounded, but nothing further is known of him'.

Ruling by Assistant Adjutant General, 6 December 1916, 'no further report obtained from A.I.F. Headquarters or unit, now posted as Wounded and Missing, 19 July 1916'.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 1 September 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.

Handwritten note on B.103, 'Buried in vicinity of Fleurbaix'.

Note, Red Cross File No 2120603: 'No trace Germany. Cert. by Capt. Mills 10.10.19.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, PEARSON William John
Red Cross file 2120603

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