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

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Rolls and Awards

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  • Rank: Sergeant
  • Date of Death: 29 August 1919
  • Unit: 45th Battalion Royal Fusiliers
  • Service: Array
  • Rank: Private
  • Date of embarkation: 10 September 1915
  • Place of embarkation: Melbourne
  • Rank: Sergeant
  • Unit: Royal Fusiliers
  • Recommended for: Military Medal
  • Unit: 2nd Australian Machine Gun Company
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
  • Awarded: Victoria Cross
  • Unit: 45th Bn RF (1st MG Bn)
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
  • Awarded: Military Medal
  • Unit: 2nd Australian Machine Gun Company
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

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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.