The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Company Sergeant Major C Pearson


Company Serjeant Major Charles PEARSON, S/1086, 7th Battalion,  Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action, Flanders France, 1st July 1916, age 50.

Born Kennardington, Ashford, Kent.

22nd March 1911, Registry Office Strana, married Emily Lilian Ball, spinster of 19 Uplands Road, Hornsey, Essex.

Child - Constance Edith Ball, born 27th March 1908, West Ham.

Previously served 1st Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment, discharged Termination of Engagement, 1909.

Enlisted London, age 49, height 6ft, weight 155lbs, grey eyes, iron grey hair.  Resided Manor Park, Essex. Formerly commissionaire.

Home, 6th October 1914 to 25th July 1915; BEF France 26th July 1915 to 1st July 1916.

6th October 1914, enlisted & posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 9th October 1914, promoted to Acting Colour Sergeant, & posted 7th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 19th October 1914, promoted CSM; 26th July 1915, posted BEF; 25th September 1915, appointed Acting RSM; 14th December 1915, relinquishes Acting RSM; 3rd June 1916, awarded DCM.

22nd January 1917, pension of 17/- a week awarded to widow and one child.

Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial, Pier & Face 11C, France.

NOTE: enlisted as George BUTTON

6th December 1914, Declaration at Grays, before Justice of the Peace for the County of Essex - I, Charles Pearson do solemnly swear and sincerely declare that I was enlisted on the 6th October 1914, under the name of George Button, which name I now declare to be incorrect. The name Charles Pearson, contained in the accompanying certificate of birth, I now declare to be my true name, and I make this solemn declaration conscientiously believing the same to be true, and by virtue of the provisions of an Act made and passed in the sixth year of the reign of King William the Fourth, chap. 62 entitled the "Statutory Declarations Act", 1835.


London Gazette 21st June 1916

His Majesty The KING has been graciously pleased to approve of the award of the Distinguished Conduct Medal to the under mentioned Warrant Officers, Non-commissioned Officers, and Men, for gallantry and distinguished service in the Field:

Company Serjeant Major C PEARSON, S/1086, 7th Battalion,  Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

For consistent devotion to duty at all times. He has shown great coolness and disregard of danger in the trenches.

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