IN MEMORy by Pierre Vandervelden

The visit of Commonwealth graves in Communals Cemeteries & Churchyards in Belgium & France

Private John Pearcy for his grandson John Pearcy

John Pearcy Enlisted in Leeds in june 1916, he was posted to the 13th battalion west yorkshire regiment for training in the uk.
With training complete he was sent to Etaples camp in France and then posted to the 6th battalion kings own yorkshire light
infantry at Arras, and served on the western front and took part in the Battle of Arras and the 3rd Battle of Ypres in 1917.
Transfered to the 3rd London Regt in 1918, took part in the Battle of Amiens where he was badly wounded during the attack
on Malard wood on 08/08/1918.
After spending time in hospital at Rouen and Trouville he returned to action with the 3rd London's in 10/1918.
On the 31/10/1918 he was wounded by shellfire while in a post between the lines near Bleharies in Belgium and had a leg amputated.
After spending time in a hospital in France, arrived back in England on board the hospital ship St. David and spent time in
in Kent and then Leeds where he was fitted with a false leg.
He was discharged from the army in 1920 and returned home to his family and later became an active member of his local
Royal British Legion branch.

John's son, baby on the next photograph fought also during WW Two, see his story here.

John, wife Jane, and son John Robert in 10/1917 during Blighty leave.
John (front row, far right) at Sandwich military hospital Kent.
John (with walking stick, front right) and other veterans of WWI at the unveiling of the local war memorial in 1921. © Pierre Vandervelden - Belgium