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Alfred Pearson


Alfred Pearson was born on May 5, 1893 in Everton, Liverpool. He was the son of Thomas and Jane Pearson, who was originally from Birkenhead. Thomas was a Taxi Cab Proprietor. Alfred was baptised in St. Saviour’s Church on July 12, 1893, in Everton, Liverpool.

Early Life

The Pearson family moved to 69 Granton Road, in Anfield, Liverpool. Alfred’s parents had been married for 25 years when he was born; he had six brothers and two sisters. Altogether, his parents had 14 children. The eight who survived childhood in addition to Alfred were Thomas; John; Joseph; William; Arthur; James; Jane and Lillian.

Chester College

Alfred had attended Chester College, leaving in 1914 as a qualified Teacher. He went on to teach at Boaler Street School in Liverpool.

Military Service

Alfred enlisted in Liverpool on September 2, 1914 (aged 21). He joined up with the Kings (Liverpool) 18th Battalion – commonly known as the “Liverpool Pals.” On June 19, 1915, he was appointed paid Lance Corporal and promoted to Corporal on September 1. On November 7, 1915, Alfred sailed for France with his battalion on board the SS Invicta. On January 12, 1916, Alfred was wounded and treated for three days at a Field Ambulance. He returned to duty on January 22.

Lest We Forget

Alfred was killed in action on July 1, 1916 whilst with “A” Company – the first day of the Battle of the Somme. He had been on service in France for 237 days. Alfred has no known grave.

Post Mortem

Alfred is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial, in France, and also on the war memorial that once stood in the Church of St. Simon and St. Jude on Anfield Road, in Liverpool. The memorial is now in the safekeeping of Liverpool Anglican Cathedral. Alfred was entitled to the 1914-15 star and the British War and Victory Medals.