Other names: John
Locations in this story: Halifax, YorkshireShaftesbury, DorsetFrance & FlandersLeeds, Yorkshire
Story: John Pearson was born in Halifax, Yorkshire, on 16 Jan 1898 and baptised there on 10 Feb 1898 the son of Joseph Wild Pearson and Annie Pearson (nee Barker). Shortly after his baptism the family moved to Pine Dene, Love Lane, Shaftesbury, whilst John's father carried on business as a Bookseller, Printer and Stationer at 11 High Street, Shaftesbury. John was working for the Post Office when he enlisted on 2 Mar 1916 and mobilized on 23 Oct 1916 joining the Royal Engineers as a Sapper. (Service No. 127658). Because of his expertise he trained as a Wireless Operator and served in France. Whilst there he was gassed on 16 Sep 1917 when with the East Divisional Signals Company. He was demobilized on 14 Oct 1919 and gave his address as 11 High Street, Shaftesbury. He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals. He had moved back to Halifax by 1927 where he married Doris Greenwood. They appear to have had only one child. By the 1939 Register John was living at 99 Norfolk Mount, Halifax, Yorkshire, and working as a Post Office Sorting Clerk. He died in the Leeds Registry District in 1966.