Killed in Action on Thursday, 24th August 1916, age 27.
Buried in Grave VIII. H. 6. at Lonsdale Cemetery, Authuile, Somme, France.
13th Bn., Cheshire Regiment. 74th Brigade of 25th Division.
Son of John and Mary Pearson, of 43, Louisa St., Higher Openshaw, Manchester.
Born: Tipton, Enlisted: Manchester, Resident: Manchester.
First landed France & Flanders, 5th May 1915.
Medal entitlement: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.
Not commemorated on any Tipton memorial.
Commemorated here because identified as Tipton on 'Soldiers Died in the Great War'.
Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/532300/
Birth of William Henry Pearson registered June quarter 1889 in Dudley.
7 Watery Lane, Tipton, Staffs.
John Pearson (23, Iron Moulder, born Tipton), his wife Mary (21, born Tipton), and their two children: William Henry (2, born Tipton), and Betsy (2 months, born Tipton).
22 Forden Street, Openshaw, Manchester.
John Pearson (34, Iron Moulder, born Tipton), his 2nd wife Elizabeth (23, born Southport), John's son by his first marriage to Mary Pearson: William (12, born Tipton), Selina (18, Waitress, born Manchester), John and Elizabeth's son: John (6 months, born Openshaw).
43 Louisa Street, Openshaw, Manchester.
John Pearson (45, Iron Moulder, born Tipton), his 2nd wife Elizabeth (33, born Southport), John's two children by first marriage to Mary Pearson: William Henry (22, Iron Moulder, born Tipton), Selina (18, Waitress, born Manchester), John and Elizabeth's 5 children: Edward (8, born Openshaw), Richard (7, born Openshaw), John (6, born Openshaw), Helen (4, born Openshaw) and Hannah (1, born Openshaw).
After William's death, his outstanding army pay and allowances amounted to £1/16/2d (1 pound, 16 shillings and 2 pence); this was paid to his father, John, in December 1916. His War Gratuity was £7/0/0d (7 pounds exactly), this was also paid to his father in December 1919. The value of the War Gratuity suggests that William had enlisted in approximately January 1915.
Still to be researched. Contact me if required.