No.5819851, Company Sergeant Major, Walter PEARSON
Aged 38

1st Battalion, Suffolk Regiment
Killed in Action on Monday, 27th May 1940

Walter Pearson was born in Herringswell on June 3rd 1901 (Mildenhall Q3-1901 4A:955), son of Stephen and Elizabeth Jane PEARSON (née GRIMWADE).

1911 census...Aged 9, he was living in Dalham with his father Stephen PEARSON, [35] gardener's labourer, born Dalham; his mother Elizabeth [35] born Hadleigh; sisters Alice [13] born Brandon and Lily [7] born Dalham, brother Frederick John [3] born Dalham and uncle Harry PEARSON [24] born Dalham.

In 1925 he married Ellen Rose CORNELL (Newmarket Q4-1925 3B:1251).

In the 1939 register his parents were at 42 The Sound, Dalham, father an agricultural foreman [25-3-1876], mother [15-2-1876] and brother Reginald [1-4-1912] a gardener. Walter and Ellen have not been identified but at probate Walter's address was Dalham, widow Ellen Rose.

The 27th May was the first day of Operation Dynamo, the evacuation at Dunkirk, but Walter did not get that far. He is one of 73 WW2 burials at Dozinghem Cemetery, near Poperinge, west of Ypres, a large hospital base cemetery in WW1.

photo: Roy Beardsworth

Walter Pearson is buried in Dozinghem Military Cemetery, Belgium, grave 17:A:14

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