Name recorded on the Highfield War Memorial, Bitterne War Memorial and the Southampton Cenotaph.
His name was also found in the Highfield School headteachers log listed as an old boy, lost during World War 1. See Highfield School Roll of Honour.
Birth registered for Arthur Pearce, Jan-Mar 1889, South Stoneham, Vol. 2c, page 63.
In the 1891 census, Arthur Pearce lived at 2 Belmont Cottages, Portswood with his family. His father, Thomas A Pearce (b.1857, Michelmarsh, Hampshire) was a carman. Also present were his mother, Ellen (b.1859, Shirley, Hampshire) and sisters; Ellen S. (b.1879, Awbridge) and Beatrice (b.1887, Southampton).
Source Citation: Class: RG12; Piece: 926; Folio 109; Page 28
In the 1901 census, he was living at 194 Portswood Road. His father was now a general labourer. His mother and sisters were still present. They also had a boarder, Harry Head (b.1858, Michelmarsh) who was living by his Army Pension.
Source Citation: Class: RG13; Piece: 1069; Folio: 8; Page: 7.
Arthur Pearce enlisted in Southampton into the Dorset Regiment in February 1906. His enlistment papers show that he had told them he had just turned 18 years old, when in fact he was 17. He was 5 ft 6.25 inches, had brown hair and hazel eyes. His religious denomination was Church of England. His next of kin were his parents, Thomas Arthur & Ellen Pearce of 194 Portswood Road, Southampton.
After 6 months military training he had increased in size and weight, gaining 13lbs. He then served in the 1st Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private and as a Lance Corporal from 1910 (service number 7856).
His records showed that he received an education, gaining a 3rd Class certificate in 1906 and a 2nd class certificate 11 June 1911.
Arthur Pearce married Annie Florence Clara Hounsome, in Southampton on 1 June 1912. (Reference Vol. 2c, page 25). L.S.Etheridge was the presiding minister.
He was posted with the 3rd Battalion of the Dorset Regiment on the 5th August 1914 and was killed in action in the field on 13th October 1914, at the opening of the Battle of Armentieres. He had 8 years and 248 days service. He is remembered on the Le Touret Memorial, Panels 22-23.
His military records indicate one dependent child born after his death. Nancy Margaret Clara Pearce was born 19 May 1915 in Southampton. (Reference Vol. 2c, page 88).
Papers from 1921 show that at the time of his death he was married to Anne Florence Clara Pearce of Stanley Road, St Denys, Southampton. He was awarded the 1914 Star, British and Victory medals, which were forwarded to his wife in 1921.
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