Oct 26 1914. Killed in action Harold son of Mr and Mrs Pearce of
Foghamshire. Aged 22.
Wilts Times 5 December 1914
In loving memory of Harold George, the beloved and only son of James
and Lucy Pearce who was killed in action in France whilst serving with the
2nd Battalion Wiltshire Regiment on October 24th 1914 aged 22 years
His warfare is now over
The sounds of battle cease
Angels have borne his soul away
To realms of endless peace.
Take his soul that died for duty
In thy tender pieced hands
Crown the faulty life with beauty
Offered for his fatherland
All forgiving for the living
May he in thy kingdom stand
Thy will be done
Chippenham October 20th 1915
Wilts Times 23 October 1915
In loving memory of Harold George Pearce the beloved and only son of
James and Lucy Pearce who was killed in action whilst serving in the 2nd
Wiltshire Regiment on October 24th 1914, aged 22 years.
Four years have passed since that sad day
When one we loved was called away,
God took him home, it was his will,
Forget him, no, we never shall.
If we could have raised his dying head
Or heard his last farewell
The blow would not have been so hard
To those he loved so well.
Ever remembered by Mother, Father and Sisters.
31 Foghamshire, Chippenham.
Wilts Times 26 October 1918
Pearce is mentioned by name in the Battalion history as being killed by
a sniper who was lying "doggo" amongst the enemy dead. The sniper was
killed by Pte Blake but not before he had wounded 3 other Wilts men. The
wounded were Lt Shelford, Sgt Vater and Pte Proberts.