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Ralph Pearson

Surname: Pearson
Other names: Ralph
Other people in this story:
Joseph Wild Pearson
Annie Pearson née Barker
Dorothy M. Pearson née Rowell
John Pearson
Sarah Pearson née Hitchens
Locations in this story:
Halifax, Yorkshire
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Kingston-upon-Hull, East Riding, Yorkshire
Poole, Dorset

Story:
Ralph Pearson was born in Halifax, Yorkshire, on 3rd January 1891 and baptised at St. James Church, Halifax, on 25th January 1891, the son of Joseph Wild Pearson and Annie Pearson (née Barker).  (Ralph's mother died in 1904 and his father re-married a Sarah Hitchens in Halifax in 1905.) Ralph lived his early life in Halifax until, by 1911, the family had moved to Shaftesbury, Dorset and had taken over an existing Bookseller, Printer and Stationers business at 11 High Street, Shaftesbury.    Ralph was assisting in the business when he enlisted with the East Riding of Yorkshire Yeomanry as a Private (Service No.1170).  He was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant and joined the 2nd/4th Battalion of the East Yorkshire Regiment and, on further promotion to Lieutenant, joined the 4th Battalion of the King's African Rifles.   It is not known in which theatre of war he served but on his discharge he was awarded the Victory and British War medals. 

He married Dorothy M. Rowell in Kingston-upon-Hull, East Riding, Yorkshire, in 1917 and they went on to have two children.  He returned to assist his father in the business and by the 1939 Register he was living at 11 High Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset, and was described as a Printer and Stationer.   His death was recorded in the Poole, Dorset, Registry in 1963.  His brother John (b.1898) also served in the conflict, with the Royal Engineers.

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Links to related web content / sources:
The National Archives
John Pearson
Names on Donhead St. Andrew War Memorial 03

Percival Henry Hill

Surname: Hill
Other names: Percival Henry
Other people in this story:
John Henry Hill
Elizabeth Ann Hill née Bryant
Walter Geoffrey Hill
Henry Peto
Locations in this story:
East Knoyle, Wiltshire
France & Flanders
Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres
Parkstone Avenue, Parkstone, Dorset
Donhead St. Andrew, Wiltshire
Bishops Knoyle (West Knoyle), Wiltshire
Pains Hill, Donhead St. Andrew, Wiltshire
Chedington Court, Beaminster, Dorset
Salisbury

Story:
Percival Henry Hill was born on 27th August, 1894, in East Knoyle, Wiltshire, and baptised at St. Mary the Virgin Church, Bishop's Knoyle (West Knoyle),Wiltshire, on 7th October, 1894. He was the son of John Henry Hill, a Gardener, and Elizabeth Ann Hill (née Bryant). His siblings included Walter Geoffrey, born in 1896, who also died in the war. He was first registered for school at East Knoyle C of E School in 1897. In 1903 when his family moved to Pains Hill, Donhead St. Andrew he was registered for schooling at Donhead St. Andrew C of E School. At the time of the 1911 Census he was single and working as a Domestic Footman and living at Chedington Court, Beaminster, Dorset, in the employ of Sir Henry Peto (Bart).

He enlisted in Salisbury and joined the 8th Battalion of the East Yorkshire Regiment (Service No. 16355) and at the time of his death held the rank of Corporal. He served in France & Flanders and was awarded the Victory, British War and 1915 Star medals. He died on 31st March 1916 and his name appears on the Menin Gate Memorial at Ypres (Panel 21 & 31). He is remembered on the Donhead St. Andrew War Memorial. His parents were by then living at 78 Parkstone Avenue, Parkstone, Dorset.

Images:
  • Donhead St. Andrew War Memorial
  • Donhead St. Andrew Church

Links to related web content / sources:
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
The National Archives
Walter Geoffrey Hill