Private Samuel George Pearse

Service Numbers 2870,133002
Birth Date 16 July 1897
Birth Place United Kingdom: Wales, Penarth
Death Date 29 August 1919
Death Place Russia: North Russia, Emtsa
Final Rank Private
Units
Commonwealth of Australia Gazette 2 May 1918 on page 1034 at position 58
London Gazette 12 December 1917 on page 13026 at position 56

Sam Pearse (1897-1919) came to Victoria from Wales when only young. He enlisted in the AIF before he had turned 18. After brief service on Gallipoli with the 7th Battalion, he went to the Western Front, where he saw a lot of action and was awarded the Military Medal.

Once the war ended, Pearse married in Britain, but soon afterwards went to North Russia with the British relief force. In his heroic exploit there, he went through barbed-wire defences while under heavy machine-gun fire to attack a blockhouse. He single-handedly killed the occupants with bombs, but while fighting on he was killed. His widow and daughter later came to Australia

Rolls

Honours & Awards

  • Honours and Awards:

    Award/Honour
    Victoria Cross
    Classification
    British/Australian gallantry awards
    Unit
    45th Bn RF (1st MG Bn)
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Sergeant
    London Gazette
    23 October 1919 on page 12979 at position 1
    Commonwealth Gazette
    12 February 1920 on page 142 at position 12
  • Honours and Awards:

    Award/Honour
    Military Medal
    Classification
    British/Australian gallantry awards
    Unit
    2nd Australian Machine Gun Company
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Private
    London Gazette
    12 December 1917 on page 13026 at position 56
    Commonwealth Gazette
    2 May 1918 on page 1034 at position 58
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Award/Honour
    Military Medal
    Classification
    British/Australian gallantry awards
    Date of Recommendation
    30 September 1917
    Unit
    2nd Australian Machine Gun Company
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Private

Timeline

Date of birth 1897-07-16
Date and unit at enlistment (ORs) 1915-07-05 1 Machine Gun Battalion.
Date of embarkation 1915-09-10
Date of honour or award 1917-09-28 Awarded Military Medal for courage and resource on outpost duty, and services as a runner during fighting east of Ypres.
Date of recommendation honour or award 1917-09-30
Date and unit at enlistment (ORs) 1919 Enlisted in British Army, 45th Battalion, the Royal Fusiliers.
Date of discharge 1919-07-18
Date of death 1919-08-29
Date of honour or award 1919-08-29 Awarded Victoria Cross for action at North of Emtsa, North Russia whilst serving with 45 Battalion, Royal Fusiliers, Sadlier Jackson's Brigade as a Sergeant.

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