In the uniform of a bandsman


Born: 1884, Ipswich.

Died on or since: 3rd October 1915; age 31; KiA. the battle of Loos

Enlistment Location: Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.

Date of Entry Therein: 22nd June 1915 – France.

Rank: Lance Corporal; Service Number: 6073

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 1st Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1915 Star.


Grave Reference:

Panel 37 & 38.

Loos Memorial,

Pas de Calais,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Jane Pearse, of ‘Etheldene’ Wherstead Road, Ipswich.




1891   29, Austin Street, Ipswich.


Ernest was 7 years old and living with his parents, siblings & paternal grandmother.

Alfred James Pearse, 36, an Engine Fitter, born Ipswich.

Jane Pearse (nee Campion), 37, born New England, Staffordshire.

Eliza Pearse, 14, born Ipswich.

Alfred James Pearse, 9, born Ipswich.

Robert Pearse, born Ipswich.

Mary Ann Pearse, 2, born Ipswich.

Maria Pearse, 2, born Ipswich.

Maria Pearse, 56, a widow, born Thornham, Suffolk.


1901   29, Austin Street, Ipswich.


Ernest was 17 years old, a Cigar Maker. He was living with his parents & siblings.

Alfred, 45, a Fitter.

Jane, 46.

Eliza, 24.

Alfred, 19, a Fitter.

Robert, 12.

Albert Thomas Pearse, 9, born Ipswich.

1 boarder.


1911   5, Tanners Street, Ipswich.


Ernest was 27 years old, a General Labourer – Furniture Removers. He was living with his parents & brother.

Alfred, 55, an Iron Fitter – Engineers.

Jane, 57.

Albert, 19, a Labourer Loco Depot – G.E.R.


Ernest’s father Alfred James Pearse died 1914, Ipswich.

additional information by Graham Jones:

L/Cpl 6073, 1st Suffolks, born Plymouth, enlisted Bury St Edmunds, killed in action 3 October 1915 age 31 no known grave. Son of Jane Pearse, of “Etheldene”, Wherstead Rd., Ipswich. Commemorated on the Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

Arriving at Noyelles-les-Vermelles in the Loos battle area on 27 September 1915, the main attack was over, and on the following day the Battalion marched to Sailly-Labourse where it was engaged in continuous fighting from 29 September until the 3 October, in the area of the infamous Hohenzollern Redoubt. At 2.00am on 3 October, B and C Companies attacked with A Company in reserve. Due to a very congested rambling network of support trenches, D Company did not arrive in time to start the attack. In total darkness and without artillery support, the three Companies groped their way to the objective which, due to lack of guiding markers, was missed. About 160 casualties were suffered.

Ernest is also remembered on the war memorial for Ransome & Rapier at Bourne Park, Ipswich.

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