PEARSON, Horace John

No.14372, Private, Horace John PEARSON
Aged 19

8th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment
Killed in Action on Monday, 26th June 1916

Not on the war memorial but on the Roll of Honour inside the church

Horace Pearson was born in 1896 in Stetchworth (Newmarket Q4-1896 3B:512), son of Clemence and Henrietta Julia PEARSON (née HAMMOND).

1901 census...Aged 4, he was at Mill Road, Stetchworth with his father Clemence PEARSON [30] a carpenter, born Thetford; his mother Henrietta Julia [34] born Sawston and brother Harry [7] born Dullingham.

1911 census...Aged 14, he was at Tea Kettle Lane, Mill Road, Stetchworth with his parents and brother Harry (now a gamekeeper).

The pension card has his parents at Station Road, Dullingham.

He enlisted in Newmarket.
The 8th Suffolks were in the Bray-Carmnoy area late in June 1916. Between 23rd-27th they made a couple of raids, neither very effective except for gaining some information, but sustaining a few casualties. Smoke screens were being deployed at this time.

6 were killed on the 26th, four buried in Carnoy and 2 named on the Thiepval Memorial.

old cemetery photo; Pierre Vandervelden

photo: Rodney Gibson

Horace Pearson is buried in Carnoy Military Cemetery - grave F:24

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