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TO THE VICTORIA & GEORGE CROSS

COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE

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b. 16/07/1897 Penarth, Glamorgan, Wales. d. 29/08/1919 Yemtsa, Russia.

 

Samuel George Pearse was born on 16 July 1897 at Penarth, Glamorganshire, Wales to George Stapleton Pearse and his wife Sarah Ann. He was educated at Penarth Grammar School until 1911 when he accompanied his father and brother in the advance of the family's emigration to Australia. The rest of the family followed and they settled in Mildura, Victoria (Australia) where Samuel joined the local Legion of Frontiersmen's Unit. At the time of his enlistment in July 1915 just before he turned eighteen, Pearse's occupation was as a rabbit-trapper. He sailed from Melbourne with the 9th Reinforcement for the 7th Battalion reaching Gallipoli shortly before the evacuation and spending two weeks in the line there. He subsequently saw action on the Western Front and in September 1917 was awarded the Military Medal for an action in single-handedly raiding a German machine gun-post in Belgium. Following the Armistice, Pearse was attracted by the prospect of a tour of duty with the North Russia Relief Force and like the other 150 Australian soldiers who volunteered, Pearse was discharged from the AIF and re-enlisted in the British army as a private soldier. Many of the volunteering Australians had come late to action in World War I but Pearse was a battle-hardened veteran [5] and was soon promoted to sergeant. He was a 22 year old sergeant in the 45th Battalion, The Royal Fusiliers, British Army during the North Russia Campaign under the command of Lionel Sadleir-Jackson when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC

 

VC ACTION

 

For most conspicuous bravery, devotion to duty and self-sacrifice during the operation against the enemy battery position north of Emtsa, North Russia on the 29th August 1919. Sergeant Pearse cut his way through enemy barbed-wire under very heavy machine-gun and rifle fire and cleared a way for the troops to enter an enemy battery position. Seeing that a blockhouse was harassing our advance and causing us casualties, he charged the blockhouse single-handed, killing the occupants with bombs. This gallant non-commissioned officer met his death a minute later and it was due to him that the position was carried with so few casualties. His magnificent bravery and utter disregard for personal danger won for him the admiration of all troops.

 

LOCATION OF MEDAL: AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL, CANBERRA.

BURIAL PLACE: SOUSET CEMETERY, ARCHANGEL, RUSSIA.

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Samuel George Pearse

VC, MM

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Pearse is buried in the Special Memorials, B107.

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Mildura, Victoria

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Brookwood Cemetery, Surrey (Russia Memorial)

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Mildura, Victoria

PEARSE MEDALS