George PEARCE

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PEARCE, George

Service Number: SX9706
Enlisted: 27 July 1940, Adelaide, SA
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 2nd/43rd Infantry Battalion
Born: Penwortham, South Australia, 5 February 1918
Home Town: Watervale, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Died of wounds (received in action), Libya, 16 August 1941, aged 23 years
Cemetery: El Alamein War Cemetery
Plot IV. Row F. Grave 2. His name is located at panel 62 in the Commemorative Area at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, ACT.
Memorials: WatervaleM*
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World War 2 Service

27 Jul 1940: Enlisted 2nd AIF WW 2, Adelaide, SA
27 Jul 1940: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN SX9706, 2nd/43rd Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW2
10 Apr 1941: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN SX9706, Enlistment/Embarkation WW2
10 Apr 1941: Embarked 2nd AIF WW 2, HMT Ile de France
15 Jul 1941: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN SX9706, 2nd/43rd Infantry Battalion

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Biography

Born 5 February 1918  Penwortham, near Clare, South Australia
(SA Birth Record 1907 - 1928, Book : 13A Page : 466 District : Cla.)

Father Albert James PEARCE  and  Mother Balbina Pearce (nee NIEMIETZ).

Siblings:
Brother    Philip PEARCE                   (b. 10/7/1912 Port Pirie, SA
                (SA Birth Record 1907 - 1928, Book : 892 Page : 138 District : Cla.)
Sister       Irene PEARCE                     (b. 26/1/1916 Penwortham, near Clare, SA
                (SA Birth Record 1907 - 1928, Book : 973 Page :266 District : Cla.)
Brother    Harold PEARCE                   (b. 23/1/1920 Watervale, near Auburn, SA
                (SA Birth Record 1907 - 1928, Book : 49A Page :502 District : Cla.)
Brother     Edward PEARCE                    (b. 8/9/1921 Clare, SA
                (SA Birth Record 1907 - 1928, Book : 82A Page : 54 District : Cla.)
Brother    John David PEARCE            (b. 19/9/1923 Watervale, near Auburn, SA
                (SA Birth Record 1907 - 1928, Book : 123A Page : 81 District : UpW.)
Brother    Richard Thomas PEARCE    (b. 10/12/1925 Watervale, near Auburn, SA
                (SA Birth Record 1907 - 1928, Book : 165A Page : 146 District : UpW.)

Next of kin in service:
Brother    SX7239  Private Philip Pearce
                29/6/1940      enlisted at Watervale, SA
                                     last rank Lance Corporal in 2/48 Australian Infantry Battalion
                31/10/1942    killed in action
                buried in:       El Alamein War Cemetery, Egypt (Plot XVI (16); Row D; Grave 9)

Brother    SX2139   Private Harold Pearce
                26/3/1940      enlisted at Watervale, SA
                                     last rank Private in 2/48 Australian Infantry Battalion
                26/10/1942    killed in action
                buried in:       El Alamein War Cemetery, Egypt  (Plot XXII. Row A. Grave 3)

Brother    SX23840  Private Edward Pearce
               31/8//1942     enlisted into WWII AIF at Watervale, SA
                                    last rank Driver in 121st Australian General Transport Company
               23/4/1946      discharged from service in AIF

Brother    SX22244 Private John David Pearce
                20/8/1942     enlisted at Watervale, SA
                                    last rank Private in 7 Ordnance Vehicle Park
                26/6/1946     discharged from service in AIF


Described on enlisting as 21 years 3 months; single; Roman Catholic

27/7/1940      enlisted at Watervale, SA

28/11/1940    taken on strength into 28th Battery, 2/14 Field Regiment

7-8/12/1940   granted leave

16-21/1/1941 granted leave

11/2/1941      marched in to RRD from 2/14 Field Regiment

14/2/1941      marched out to 3rd Training Battalion

8-14/3/1941   pre-embarkation leave

8/4/1941        entrained 4mD for 2MD embark for overseas

10/4/1941      embarked on board HMT Ile de France
14/5/1941      disembarked into Middle East

16/6/1941      marched out to Staging Camp, Amiriya

15/7/1941      marched out to 2/43rd Battalion

3/8/1941        penetrated slight wound to abdomen - wounded in action
                      evacuated to 4th Australian General Hospital

16/8/1941      died of wounds (received in action) - in Libya 
                     (Private in 2/43 Australian Infantry Battalion) 

17/8/1941      buried in:  British Military Cemetery
                                     Grave 3, Plot 1, Row C

1944              Remains exhumed and reburied in:
buried in:        El Alamein War Cemetery, Egypt
                      Plot IV. Row F. Grave 2

Sourced and submitted by Julianne T Ryan.   9/6/2015.  Lest we forget.

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