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Pte 15833 Kenneth Pearson

  • Age: 29
  • From: Birkenhead, Cheshire
  • Regiment: The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 17th Btn
  • D.O.W Tuesday 11th July 1916
  • Commemorated at: Peronne Rd Cem Maricourt
    Panel Ref: I.C.1

15833 Private Kenneth Pearson, 17th Battalion KLR. 

Kenneth Pearson was born in 1887 in Birkenhead Cheshire, the son of Stanley Grayson Pearson and his wife Mary (nee Holland) who married in 1867 at Holy Trinity Church, Hoylake. He was baptised on 20th March 1887 at Christ Church, Claughton.

In 1891 the family are living at 1 South Road, Tranmere. Mother, Mary, is aged 48 and was born in Ireland, children Frederick 23 a cashier b.Crosby, Charles 16 a sea apprentice b.Oxton, Allan 10 a scholar b.Oxton, and Kenneth aged 4 b.Tranmere. Also living there is a niece Ethel McCartney 9 a scholar b.Ireland, widowed sister Lucy McCartney 36 b.Chester, and a servant Pheobe Farmer 19. There is no mention of his father, he was probably away at sea.
In 1894, Kenneth’s mother died at the age of 54.
On 1901 census Kenneth’s father, Stanley is living with his sister, Alice Holt Pearson at 29 Christchurch Road, Birkenhead. He is aged 62, a ships purser and born Liverpool. His brother, Frederick, now married, lives at 4 Cameron Street, Liverpool as does his brother Allan, a bank clerk. There is no record of Kenneth.

In 1911, Kenneth is shown as a 24 year old bank clerk living as a boarder with a family named Bradford at 44 Greenway Road, Birkenhead.

On 31st August 1914 Kenneth enlisted at St George's Hall in Liverpool, joining the 17th Battalion of The King's Liverpool Regiment as Private 15833. He gave his age as 27 years 243 days and his occupation as bank clerk with the Bank of Liverpool. He was described as being  5' 5 and 3/4 inches tall, weight 125lbs, chest 35", with a fresh complexion, hazel eyes and fair hair. He stated his religion as Church of England. He also declares that he has served for 4 years with the 4th Cheshires leaving “of his own free will”.

Two days later, on 02nd September 1914, he married Dorothy Agnes Simpson at St Catherine’s Church, Birkenhead who, in correspondence to the War Office, was living at 145 Woodchurch Road, Birkenhead.

He was billeted at Prescot Watch Factory from 14th September 1914, he trained there and also at Knowsley Hall. On 30th April 1915 the 17th Battalion alongside the other three Pals battalions left Liverpool via Prescot Station for further training at Belton Park, Grantham. They remained here until September 1915 when they reached Larkhill Camp on Salisbury Plain. 

On 16th June 1915, Dorothy wrote to notify the birth of her son, Charles Hector, on 09th of that month. In return the Army wrote to her at “44 Greenway Road or 145 Woodchurch Road” for a copy of her marriage certificate. Dorothy replied giving her address as 4 Grove End Road, Grantham. On 23rd July 1915 whilst training at Grantham Kenneth was confined to barracks for 2 days for “absenting himself from fatigues”.

He sailed for France on 07th November 1915.

Kenneth was wounded on 10th July 1916 at Trones Wood.

Despite treatment, he died of his wounds at 28 Field Ambulance. His date of death was declared as 11th July 1916 and he was buried in Mariecourt No.3 Cemetery as reported by the Revd P.M. Turnbull, Chaplain to the Forces attached to the 2nd Bedfordshires Regiment.

Kenneth now rests at Peronne Road Cemetery, Maricourt.

Maricourt was, at the beginning of the Battles of the Somme 1916, the point of junction of the British and French forces, and within a very short distance of the front line; it was lost in the German advance of March 1918, and recaptured at the end of the following August.

The Cemetery, originally known as Maricourt Military Cemetery No.3, was begun by fighting units and Field Ambulances in the Battles of the Somme 1916, and used until August 1917; a few graves were added later in the War, and at the Armistice it consisted of 175 graves which now form almost the whole of Plot I. It was completed after the Armistice by the concentration of graves from the battlefields in the immediate neighbourhood and from certain smaller burial grounds. 

There are now 1348, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, 366 are unidentified and special memorials are erected to 26 soldiers from the United Kingdom known or believed to be buried among them. Other special memorials record the names of three soldiers from the United Kingdom, buried in other cemeteries, whose graves could not be found.

The cemetery covers an area of 3,787 square metres and is enclosed on three sides by a low red brick wall.

His death was reported in the Liverpool Echo on both 28th & 31st July 1916:

- Pearson – July 11 Died from wounds received in action, age 29 – Private Kenneth Pearson (Pals) the dearly loved husband of Dorothy Pearson 145 Woodbank Road, Birkenhead.

Liverpool Echo 31st July 1916

PEARSON - July 11, died from wounds, aged 29-years, Private Kenneth Pearson (Pals), the dearly loved husband of Dorothy Pearson, 145 Woodchurch Road, Birkenhead.
Liverpool Daily Post 14th August 1916;

King's Liverpool Regiment - Pearson, 15833, K. (Birkenhead).

Probate was granted on 08th November 1916 at Chester for Kenneth Pearson, 146 Woodchurch Rd, to widow Dorothy Pearson. Effects £701 9s 10d

He was remembered by his wife in the Liverpool Daily Post on the first anniversary of his death on 11th July 1917:

PEARSON - In loving memory of Private Kenneth Pearson (Liverpool Pals), the beloved husband of Dorothy Pearson of Birkenhead, who died of wounds received in action, July 11th 1916.

Following his death, Dorothy completed a sworn declaration stating that she was his next of kin; that Kenneth’s father lived at Bank House, Mount Road, Birkenhead as did Kenneth’s brother, Allan; that her son, Charles Hector, was born on 19th(sic) June 1915; another brother, Charles, lived in Birkenhead Road, Hoylake; and Kenneth had “no mother”.

In 1920 Kenneth’s three medals were sent to his widow at 44 Daffodil Road, Birkenhead, as were his effects - 1 disc, a metal watch and a purse.

His Widow remarried in 1920 to Edwin Thomas Dean.

Soldiers Effects to widow Dorothy, Pension to widow Dorothy Agnes Dean (remarried).

Kenneth is commemorated on the following Memorials:

Bank of Liverpool and Martins Ltd situated in the hall of the Martins Bank Building in Liverpool.

Liverpool Hall of Remembrance Panel 54.

His father died in the December quarter of 1933 in Devon, aged 95.

In May 1936, Kenneth’s brother, Allan, wrote to the War Office asking for details of Kenneth’s grave “so that Mr Ballanger of the British Legion might find it”. In June 1936 he wrote again, explaining that his wife had thrown their reply in the fire by mistake and asking for the same information, which was supplied.


We currently have no further information on Kenneth Pearson, If you have or know someone who may be able to add to the history of this soldier, please contact us.

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