PEARCE, Andrew John
(Service number 47360)

Aliases John Andrew on enlistment; born & baptised Andrew; also known as Ben
First Rank Private Last Rank


Date 16 August 1892 Place of Birth Pleasant Point

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Pleasant Point
Occupation Farm hand
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin Edwin PEARCE (father), Pleasant Point, South Canterbury
Religion Church of England
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 26th Reinforcements, Canterbury Infantry Regiment, C Company
Date 9 June 1917
Transport Willoochra
Embarked From Destination
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Date 9 November 1922 Age 30 years
Place of Death
Memorial or Cemetery Pleasant Point Cemetery
Memorial Reference General Section, Row 2, Plot 83
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Andrew Pearce, whose nickname was Ben, was the fourth son of Edwin and Margaret Jessie (née Edwards) Pearce. His mother died in 1902. Andrew was baprised at St Albans Anglican Church, Pleasant Point. Thirty years later he was buried from the same church. His brother Ernest died in the Timaru Hospital in 1909 as a result of a riding accident. Andrew was aploughman when he was called up in 1917. His sister Louisa married John Alexander McAuley who died of disease near Gallipoli in 1915. His brother Walter also served in in World War I.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [26 January 2019]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [25 January 2019]; Pleasant Point Cemetery burial record (Timaru District Council) [26 January 2019]

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