Charles Hesketh Pearson

Army Veterinary Corps

Personal Details

Born: 18 July 1896 in Whitchurch Shropshire.

Family: He was the eldest of four children born to Thomas H Pearson, an auctioneer, and his wife Annie, nee Burgess. He married Lucy M Newey in 1933 in Stratford on Avon, Warwickshire and together they had two children – Roger H and Daphne E.

Residence: He lived at 7 Brownlow Street, Whitchurch until at least 1919. In 1939 he was living at The Poplars, Shelfield, Alcester, Warwickshire. At the time of his death he lived at 30 The Green, Aston Cantlow, Alcester.

Education: He attended Whitchurch Free Grammar School between 1909 and 1912.

Employment: When he left school in 1912 he was going to be an auctioneer’s clerk; in 1939 he was a farmer.

Died: 10 February 1964 in Alcester, Warwickshire, aged 67.

Military Details

Regiment: Army Veterinary Corps (previously Northumberland Fusiliers and 2nd Dorset Regiment)

Rank: Private

Service Number: TT/01932 (previously 19167)

Date of Enlistment: Not known

Date of Discharge: Not known

Reason for Discharge: Not known

Medals and Awards

Charles was awarded the Campaign Medals (British War Medal, and Victory Medal)

Campaign Medals

Great War History Hub Whitchurch Shropshire Medals Front Image

The British War Medal (also known as 'Squeak') was a silver or bronze medal awarded to officers and men of the British and Imperial Forces who either entered a theatre of war or entered service overseas between 5th August 1914 and 11th November 1918 inclusive. This was later extended to services in Russia, Siberia and some other areas in 1919 and 1920. Approximately 6.5 million British War Medals were issued. Approximately 6.4 million of these were the silver versions of this medal. Around 110,000 of a bronze version were issued mainly to Chinese, Maltese and Indian Labour Corps. The front (obv or obverse) of the medal depicts the head of George V. The recipient's service number, rank, name and unit was impressed on the rim.

The Allied Victory Medal (also known as 'Wilfred') was issued by each of the allies. It was decided that each of the allies should each issue their own bronze victory medal with a similar design, similar equivalent wording and identical ribbon. The British medal was designed by W. McMillan. The front depicts a winged classical figure representing victory. Approximately 5.7 million victory medals were issued. Interestingly, eligibility for this medal was more restrictive and not everyone who received the British War Medal ('Squeak') also received the Victory Medal ('Wilfred'). However, in general, all recipients of 'Wilfred' also received 'Squeak' and all recipients of The 1914 Star or The 1914/1915 Star (also known as 'Pip') also received both 'Squeak' and 'Wilfred'. The recipient's service number, rank, name and unit was impressed on the rim.

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