"Pearce" of Buckinghamshire
and Oxfordshire
Ann Linzey 1816 - c1886
Enstone, Oxfordshire,
married William Pearce
of West Wycombe, Bucks,
at Enstone 2nd November 1836

William John Pearce HMS Andromeda

William John Pearce,
Born Enstone, Oxon., 11th October 1885,
lost at sea from
HMS Andromeda in the Bay of Bengal, 19th April 1904.

Mavis and her Father
Frederick Edward Pearce, Born Enstone, Oxon., 18th October 1862.Married Ester Rowles (right) at Bourton/Water 24th February 1883. Died Bourton/Water 19th August 1913 as the result of a car accident.
Pictured with his youngest child Mavis Eileen in 1911

Esther Rowles
Esther Rowles, Born Fawler, Oxfordshire, 20th October 1861.
Died Bourton-on-the-Water
14th July 1944.

DCLI Cap Badge

James Albert (Bert) Pearce trained as a butcher and during the First War joined the 10th Bn. (Pioneers) Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry Rgimental No. 32315. He was later transferred to the Devonshire Regiment. He served at Namur, where he obtained a brass shell cartridge which he had decorated with the Regimental Badge, with the inscription NAMUR below it. He gave it to my Mother who later gave it to her elder Sister and it still resides in my cousin's house (2002). He was awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

So both the Maternal and Paternal sides of the family were represented in the Regiment.

Bert survived the War and went back to being a butcher in Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire.


Mavis Pearce

Mavis Eileen Pearce (photographed circa 1925)

Born 5th August, 1905, at Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire.

Married Edward Buller Byard, of the City of Gloucester, at Bourton/Water Baptist Chapel, 8th January 1931.

Migrated to Australia, 27th May 1953 with husband and son Michael aboard the Q.S.S.S. "New Australia"

Was widowed on 24th January 1958, returned to England 1975.

Died Bourton/Water 8th January 1977

Mavis and Nipper
Mavis Eileen Pearce (photographed circa 1953) with "Nipper" our pet Corriedale lamb
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