PEARSON Albert

Albert PEARSON

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LE GRAND BEAUMART BRITISH CEMETERY, STEENWERCK
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LE GRAND BEAUMART BRITISH CEMETERY, STEENWERCK

Albert served in the 1st/6th Battalion. Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment).  He was aged 24 when he died of wounds on 12th April 1918.

In 1911 Albert then aged 16 was living at 13 Hunger Hill, Queensbury with his father Joseph and Martha Ann Pearson, he was in occupation as a sugar boiler.

Joseph and Martha had only been married for one year at the time of the census and the family cannot be traced on the 1901 census, it is not clear if Martha was Albert’s mother although the CWGC do record: Son of Joseph and Martha Ann Pearson, of 13 Albert Road., Queensbury, Bradford.

Albert’s grave is at LE GRAND BEAUMART BRITISH CEMETERY, STEENWERCK.  This cemetery was increased in size after theArmistice when graves were brought in from the battlefields of Steenwerck, Nieppe and Armentieres.  Among them were 116 Commonwealth graves from STEENWERCK GERMAN CEMETERY.

Eight casualties, known to have been buried in Steenwerck German Cemetery, whose graves could not be found are commemorated on a special memorial, also known as a Kipling Memorial.

The Kipling Memorial headstone is so called because the quotation from the Apocrypha (Ecclesiasticus 44, verse 13) “THEIR GLORY SHALL NOT BE BLOTTED OUT” which appears on the headstone, was chosen by Rudyard Kipling.

The memorial reads: “To the memory of these eight soldiers of the British Empire who were buried by the enemy in April 1918 in Steenwerck GMC but whose graves are now lost. Their Glory Shall Not Be Blotted Out.”.

Private Albert Pearson 267474 of 1st/6th Battalion. Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment) is one of the eight.