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Underage soldier George Henry Pearce

submitted by Cyril Pearce, son of George Henry

On 5th April 1915 George decided to enlist when he was just 17 years old. He served with the 7th Battalion South Lancashire Regiment, Service number 17890. This Service Battalion had billets in Tidworth for training. On 18th July 1915 they arrived in Boulogne and remained near St Omer.

Sadly by the end of 1915 George was back home in St Helens, having lost a leg in their first action at Pietre, supporting the Battle of Loos.

George was officially discharged from the army on 16th September 1916. He was awarded the 1914/15 Star, the Victory Medal and the British Medal.

Luckily, George was able to return to his job at Pilkingtons Glass works in St Helens, where he worked for the next 52 years.

George went on to marry and they went on to have 13 children: 12 boys and 1 girl. Three sons would go on to serve during the Second World War, unfortunately three other sons died, one at the age of 28, a second at 3 years old and a third at 3 months old.

 

Cyril Pearce writes:My dad died suddenly whilst eating his dinner at the local YMCA here in St Helens. He was 73 at that time. Effectively, he had worked for 52 years and “enjoyed” a paltry 8 years in retirement (it’s a cruel world).

 

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