Charles Herbert William Pearce

Born in Cheltenham in 1889, the son of Joseph Walter and Salbrah Edith Pearce of Albert Place, Cheltenham.   Prior to the Great War he worked with his father as a house decorator and volunteered for service in August 1914.   He enlisted into the 7th Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment which had been formed in Bristol in August 1914 as part of "K1" of Kitchener's Army.

11116, Private Charles Herbert William Pearce, 7th Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment

He served in Gallipoli with his unit in July 1915 and later served in Mesopotamia where he was killed in action on Saturday 10th February 1917 during the Battle of Kut-al-Amara.   He is buried in the Amara Military Cemetery in Plot 29, Row B, Grave 1140.   He was 27 years of age.   

"If I should die, think only this of me, that there's some corner of a foreign field, that is forever England"

CWGC Information Sheet on Amara Military Cemetery can be viewed here.   Amara is a town on the left bank of the River Tigris some 520 kilometres from the sea.   The cemetery is east of the town between the left bank of the river and the Chahaila Canal.

Amara War Cemetery.   In 1933, all of the headstones were removed from this cemetery when it was discovered that salts in the soil were causing them to deteriorate.   Instead a screen wall was erected with the names of those buried in the cemetery engraved upon it.

The following notice was placed in the Gloucestershire Echo on 9th February 1918

Pearce  -  In ever loving memory of Pte Charles Herbert Willy Pearce, Glos Regt.   Dearly beloved son of Joseph and Salbrah Pearce, killed in action in Mesopotamia on February 10th 1917, aged 27 years.

The call was short, the shock severe

To part with one we loved so dear

His gentle voice his smiling face

No one on Earth can fill his place

From his sorrowing Father, Mother, Sisters, Frank and Harry


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