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The Pearse Family Medals



The Pearse Family medals

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Comprising the medals of:-

Major General ATG Pearse Royal Artillery
Crimea medal (1854-56) with bar for Sebastopol
Indian Mutiny medal (1857-58) with bar for Central India
Order of Medici (Turkish)
Turkish Medal for the Crimean War (1854-56)

Commander CE Pearse Royal Navy
Crimea Medal (1854-56) with bar for Sebastopol
China Medal (1857-60) 2nd ribbon bar Canton 1857
Turkish Medal for the Crimean War (1854-56)

Captain HAW Pearse The Bedfordshire Regiment
The Military Cross
The 1914-15 Star
The British War Medal (1914-1920)
The Victory Medal

Colonel HW Pearse The 70th Regiment and The East Surrey Regiment
The Distinguished Service Order
Medal for Afghanistan (1878-80)
Queen's South African Medal 1899-1902 with bars for Tugela Heights,
Relief of Ladysmith, Orange Free State, Transvaal
King's South African Medal (1901-02) with bars South Africa 1901, Soutth Africa 1902

Admiral RB Pearse Royal Navy
Indian General Service Medal (1854) with bar Pegu
Baltic Medal (1854-1855)
Polar Medal (1857)
China Medal (1857-1860)


Pearse Family crest

Colonel HW Pearse medals

The Pearse Family crest

Medals of Colonel HW Pearse
70th Regiment and The East Surrey Regiment


Colonel HW Pearse DSO

Colonel HW Pearse DSOHugh Woodhouse Pearse had a long and distinguished career in the 70th Regiment and after the Cardwell Reforms of 1881, the 2nd Bn The East Surrey Regiment. He had joined the 70th Foot in India in 1875 and saw active service during the period of the 2nd Afghan war. He saw much service in India and later the Boer War. In 1899 he was appointed Brevet Lieutenant Colonel and Mentioned in Despatches.

In 1901, he was promoted to command the 2nd Bn The East Surrey Regiment after Colonel Harris had been wounded. In General Kitchener's final despatch, Colonel Pearse received another Mention in Despatches and was awarded the DSO for his services during the war. In 1903, under his command, the 2nd Battalion left Durban for Lucknow, India.

At the end of his period of command he had served thirty years with the same battalion. Subsequently, he was promoted Colonel. He retired in January 1911 after thirty-six years service.

Colonel Pearse was the author of several books, but his most important work regimentally was the writing of The History of The East Surrey Regiment, 1702-1914. This was published in 1916, but he had already commenced work on Volume II 1914-1917. Sadly, because of his untimely death in October 1919, this volume was completed by Brigadier-General HS Sloman CMG, DSO.


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