PEARCE Bernard Samuel
Regiment : 22nd Battalion Royal Fusiliers (London Regiment)
Service number : 369
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : 24th May 1916 aged 22
Buried : Zouave Valley Cemetery, Souchez, France, Grave II. C. 7.
Relatives : Son of Samuel and Emma Pearce, of Rose Bank, Steel Rd., Northfield, Birmingham
Memorial : Austin Motor Company WW1 Roll of Honour No 1 now in Northfield Royal British Legion Club
Also appears on : Austin Motor Company WW1 Roll of Honour No 2 now in Northfield Royal British Legion Club under Apprentices with the information: Imperial Fusiliers. Austin Motor Company WW1 Roll of Honour No 2 now in Northfield Royal British Legion Club on the Supplementary List as a casualty under Workpeople with the information: Royal Fusiliers.
Credits : Researched by Andy Frisby.
Native of London.
Appears on the Roll of Honour under Apprentices with the information: Imperial Fusiliers.
Occupation: Apprentice, Austin Motor Company
De Ruvigny’s Roll of Honour:
Pearce, Bernard Samuel
L.-Corpl., 22nd (Service) Battn. The Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regt.), s. of Samuel Pearce, retired Civil Servant; b. New Southgate, London, N., 24 July, 1894; educ. Middlesex County School, Palmer’s Green; was apprenticed to the Austin Motor Co.; joined the Royal Fusiliers in 1914; served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders, and was killed in action at Carency 23 May, 1916. Buried in Zouave Valley Cemetery there; Unm.
Bromsgrove, Droitwich and Redditch Messenger 24th June 1916:
Killed in Action
Lickey Assistant Scoutmaster
The First Lickey Troop of Boy Scouts (133rd Midland) has sustained a loss in the death of its Assistant Scoutmaster, Lance- Corporal B.S. Pearce of the Royal Fusiliers, who was killed in action on the 23rd inst. In writing of the action in which Lance-Corporal Pearce met his death, his officer says the dash of the company was one of the finest feats of the war and the deceased fell while taking part in the charge. Mr Pearce, who previous to joining the Army was an apprentice at the Austin Motor Works, was very popular with everyone he came into contact with. He had participated in the summer camps of the Lickey Troop at Criccieth (1913) and Rhyl (1914) and it is to be regretted that he will not now be returning to again take up this work with the troop.
On Sunday last a special memorial service was held at the Baptist Church, Northfield and was attended by the First Lickey, First Middleton Hall, and First Pebble Mill Troops. There were also present several old scouts from the First Lickey Troop, together with a good number of Mr Pearce’s friends and relatives. The flags of the Scout Troops attending were placed on the rostrum and Mr Pearce’s scout uniform was also displayed, being placed on a Union jack.