|THE VICTORIA CROSS AND CAMPAIGN MEDALS AWARDED TO SERGEANT SAMUEL PEARSE, 45TH BN, ROYAL FUSILIERS, HAVE BEEN ACQUIRED BY THE AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL IN CANBERRA.|
|11 June 2017|
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|Medal entitlement of Sergeant Samuel Pearse,
45th Bn, Royal Fusilies
|The Victoria Cross and campaign medals awarded to Sergeant Samuel Pearse, 45th Bn, Royal Fusiliers, have been acquired by the Australian War Memorial. The Pearse VC group had previously been on loan to the AWM, but will now go on permanent display in the AWM's Hall of Valour.
For the award of the Victoria Cross
[ London Gazette, 23 October 1919 ], Emtsa, North Russia Relief Force, 29 August 1919, Sergeant Samuel George Pearse, 45th Bn, Royal Fusiliers.
For most conspicuous bravery, devotion to duty and self-sacrifice during the operation against the enemy battery position north of Emtsa ( North Russia ) on the 29th August 1919.
For the award of the Military Medal
[ London Gazette, 12 December 1917 ], Ypres, France, 28 September 1917, Private Samuel George Pearse, 2nd Australian Machine Gun Corps, Australian Imperial Force
For courage and resource on outpost duty, and services as a runner during fighting east of Ypres.
Samuel Pearse was buried in the Obozerskaya Burial Ground, Russia, and it is believed his burial marker no longer exists. His name is included on the Archangel Allied Cemetery Memorial.
Iain Stewart, 11 June 2017