Biography

Birth date: 16 July 1897
Birth place: United Kingdom: Wales, Penarth
Death date: 29 August 1919
Death place: Russia: North Russia, Emtsa
Final rank: Sergeant
Service number: 2870 - First World War, 1914-1918
133002 - North Russia, 1919
Units:
  • Royal Fusiliers
  • 45th Battalion Royal Fusiliers
  • 45th Bn RF (1st MG Bn)
  • 2nd Australian Machine Gun Company

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 and Awards

Commemorative Roll

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  • Rank: Sergeant
  • Date of Death: 29 August 1919
  • Unit: 45th Battalion Royal Fusiliers
  • Service: Array

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of embarkation: 10 September 1915
  • Place of embarkation: Melbourne

Australian Red Cross Wounded and Missing Files

  • Rank: Sergeant
  • Unit: Royal Fusiliers

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Military Medal

  • Unit: 2nd Australian Machine Gun Company
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Victoria Cross

  • Unit: 45th Bn RF (1st MG Bn)
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Military Medal

  • Unit: 2nd Australian Machine Gun Company
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Collection Items

Photograph

A03120

The grave of Samuel George Pearse VC MM, of the AIF and Australian Detachment, Royal Fusiliers, who was killed in action on 29 August 1919. Pearse was discharged from the AIF in Britain after being awarded the Military Medal for bravery at Ypres whilst serving with the 2nd Machine Gun Company. ...

A03120

A03725

Members of No 2 Gun Crew of the Australian Section of the 201st Battalion, Machine Gun Corps, British North Russian Relief Force, moving off from a blockhouse in the Bolo's old winter line. This is believed to be the blockhouse where Sergeant Samuel George Pearse, an Australian serving with the...

A03725

H06653

2870, PRIVATE SAMUEL GEORGE PEARSE, MM, 2ND MACHINE GUN COMPANY. LATER PROMOTED TO CORPORAL HE WAS DISCHARGED FROM THE AIF IN BRITAIN (1ST MACHINE GUN BATTALION) ON 1919-07-18. PEARSE THEN JOINED THE 45TH BATTALION, ROYAL FUSILIERS, FOR ACTION IN RUSSIA (REGIMENTAL NUMBER 133002). AS A SERGEANT HE...

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H06653A

PORTRAIT OF 2870 PRIVATE SAMUEL GEORGE PEARSE, MM, 2ND MACHINE GUN COMPANY. LATER PROMOTED TO CORPORAL HE WAS DISCHARGED FROM THE AIF IN BRITAIN (1ST MACHINE GUN BATTALION) ON 1919-07-18. PEARSE THEN JOINED THE 45TH BATTALION, ROYAL FUSILIERS, FOR ACTION IN RUSSIA (REGIMENTAL NUMBER 133002). AS A...

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H06760

OBOZERSKIY, USSR. GRAVE OF SERGEANT S.G PEARSE, VC MM OF THE AIF AND NORTH RUSSIA RELIEF FORCE. PEARSE WAS DISCHARGED FROM THE AIF IN BRITAIN AFTER BEING AWARDED THE MILITARY MEDAL FOR BRAVERY AT YPRES WHILST SERVING WITH THE 2ND MACHINE GUN COMPANY. FOLLOWING HIS DISCHARGE ON 1919-07-18 HE JOINED...

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Heraldry

Fur slippers : Sergeant S G Pearse, 45 Battalion, the Royal Fusiliers

Pair of slippers made from cow hide. The slippers feature red piping which runs between the vamp and quarters, cow hide soles and a rabbit fur top band. They are fabric lined with felted nap, cream wool at the quarters and coarser woven brown fabric at the sole.

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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.