PEARCE, Walter Hillary
(Service number 40045)

Aliases Walter Henry on enlistment; maybe known as Henry
First Rank Private Last Rank Private


Date 8 February 1886 Place of Birth Timaru or Pleasant Point

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Commercial Hotel, Wanganui
Occupation Farm hand
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin E. PEARCE (father), Hazelburn, 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 F Company
Date 14 March 1917
Transport Ruapehu
Embarked From Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

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Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations



Date 4 April 1962 Age 76 years
Place of Death Albury
Memorial or Cemetery Albury Cemetery
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Walter Hillary Pearce, who enlisted as Walter Henry Pearce, was the second son of Edwin and Margaret Jessie (née Edwards) Pearce. His mother died in 1902. Walter was baprised at St Albans Anglican Church, Pleasant Point. His brother Ernest died in the Timaru Hospital in 1909 as a result of a riding accident. His brother Andrew also served in in World War I. His sister Louisa married John Alexander McAuley who died of disease near Gallipoli in 1915. Walter married Beratrice Allen in 1925.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [25 January 2019]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [25 January 2019]; Albury Cemetery headstone transcription (South Canterbury Branch NZSG cemetery records) [25 January 2019]

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