Pearse, John Francis Brice


He was the son of Edward Brice Pearse and Francis Elinor Pearse of 34 Egerton Gardens, London and received his early education at Rev. G.C. Carter’s school at Farnborough.

He went to Sandhurst in 1902 and two years later passed into the 3rd Battalion King’s Royal Rifle Corps. He was in India with his battalion when the war broke out and in October 1914 they were ordered to France, together with other troops from the Indian garrisons. As part of 80 Brigade in 27th Division they took over positions on the Messines Ridge from the exhausted regular divisions which had fought in the First Ypres. In January 1915 they did spells in the trenches near Vierstraat, resting in Dickebusch when not in line. The battalion advanced to Vormezeele on 14th February and took part in an attack near Shelley Farm, with the loss of three officers. They were in the St Eloi sector for the rest of the month.

Pearse was killed in action at St Julien at the Second Battle of Ypres on April 29th 1915, while serving on the staff.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Pearse
  • Forenames or initials: John Francis Brice
  • House: D
  • Years in School: 1896-1901
  • Rank: Captain
  • Regiment: King's Royal Rifle Corps
  • Date of Birth: 21st March 1883
  • Date of Death: 29th April 1915
  • How Died: Killed in action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer A6
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Unknown but commemorated on Panels 51 and 53 of the MENIN GATE MEMORIAL, YPRES