Charles Edward Pearce


Private 27977, West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Own)

Died 26th June 1916 aged 20

Buried Mailly Wood Cemetery, Mailly-Maillet, Somme, France

Husband of Alice Pearce

Lived 48, Church Street, Heckmondwike

Charles was born in April/May June 1896. He was the second and youngest son of Charles Leader Pearce and Annie nee Stocks. He had a brother Haydn, who was two years older. In 1901 the family were living in Powell Street in Heckmondwike and Charles Leader Pearce, who originated in Bradford, was working as a Stuff Presser in a Dye Works. By 1911 the family had moved to Church Street, Heckmondwike and Charles Edward was working as a Yarn Bundler at a woollen mill.

He married Alice Brooke at the beginning of 1916 and they moved to Fairfield Street, Cleckheaton. Charles Edward must have enlisted around the time of his marriage and was sent to France. He died on 26th June shortly after his 20th birthday. His wife Alice was expecting their first child and this child, a son, was born July/Aug/Sep in 1916 soon after his father’s death.

He is buried at Mailly Wood Cemetery on the outskirts of Mailly-Maillet village near Albert in the Somme Region of France.

At home his name is listed on both the Heckmondwike War Memorial and also the Spenborough War Memorial (Cleckheaton) as he had links with both towns.

His name is also on St James’s Parish Church Memorial & St. Saviour’s Church Memorial in Heckmondwike.

He was awarded the War and Victory medals.{MA-102}

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