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Wearing cap badge of East Lancs Reg


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We have what was supposed to be a mystery photograph at my museum of a ww1 soldier. Noone seemed to know who he was, however there is a name of the back, that of Arthur Pearce, with his Service No given as the same below.

The odd thing is he is shown below and on the back of the photograph as being in the Northumberland Fusiliers. However in the picture he is wearing the cap of East Lancs Regiment.

Any Ideas ?


Initials: A

Nationality: United Kingdom

Rank: Private

Regiment: Northumberland Fusiliers

Unit Text: 1st/6th Bn.

Age: 41

Date of Death: 22/04/1918

Service No: 235428

Additional information: Son of John and Matilda Pearce; husband of B. A. H. Pearce, of 13, Riley St., Burnley Rd., Bacup, Lancs. Native of Attleborough, Norfolk.

Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead

Grave/Memorial Reference: IX. A. 5.


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Is this him

Medal card of Pearce, Arthur

Corps Regiment No Rank

Norfolk Regiment 20313 Private

Northumberland Fusiliers 235428 Private

Norfolk would seem right


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According to SDGW, he was born and enlisted in Attleborough. The address given to the CWGC by the next of kin is where they (not necessarily he) was living in the 1920's when the registers were compiled.

However, there's no saying that he didn't serve in the ELR when he first enlisted (the county regiments weren't all that choosy about where a man came from as the war progressed - a soldier was sent to a regiment that needed him). It's just that he never served overseas with them.


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