Remembering Today 3/6/42 Major:John Pearson,75782, Reconnaissance Corps 50th (4th Bn. The Ro

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  1. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

  2. Steve Mac

    Steve Mac Very Senior Member

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    Major John Pearson was the OC 'Z' Coy, 50th Recce Regiment.

    50th Recce Regiment was the rebadged 4th Bn Royal Northumberland Fusliers. Historically a 50th (Northumbrian) Division unit, it had served with the Division in Flanders/France in 1940 and travelled with it to North Africa in 1941. However, it had transferred permanently to 22nd Armoured Brigade on around 16 February 1942.

    'Z' Coy was overrun by the DAK (21st Panzer Division) in the Cauldron Battles at Bir El Harmat on 27 May 1942.

    Major Pearson is not referred to in the Regimental History - The History Of The Royal Northumberland Fusiliers in the Second World War (Barclay) - as a survivor of that action, but I note that he is said to have died on 3 June 1942, a week later. Maybe misreported, maybe died of wounds, maybe survived and killed later?!?

    Strangely he is not included in the Roll Of Honour in the aforementioned Regimental History.

    Major Pearson's parents lived in Wylam, Northumberland. George Stevenson of 'Stevenson's Rocket' fame and the father of the railways, was born and raised there. I used to live in the village next door; Horsley...
     
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  3. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Just for info:

    John Pearson in the UK, Army Roll of Honour, 1939-1945


    Name: John Pearson
    Given Initials: J
    Rank: Major
    Death Date: 27 May 1942
    Number: 75782
    Birth Place: Newcastle-on-Tyne
    Residence: Northumberland
    Regiment at Enlistment: Royal Northumberland Fusiliers (Recce) RAC
    Branch at Enlistment: Royal Armoured Corps
    Theatre of War: Middle East
    Regiment at Death: Reconnaissance Corps
    Branch at Death: Royal Armoured Corps


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  4. Steve Mac

    Steve Mac Very Senior Member

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    Thanks for that TD. I wonder why there is a disparity in the date of death between: Army RoH and CWGC?

    I believe that the Army RoH is most likely correct...

    Best,

    Steve.
     
  5. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Steve

    I had a look and noted the difference so I thought it might be of interest - to you in this case - to see that difference especially when you wrote in post 2:

    "but I note that he is said to have died on 3 June 1942, a week later. Maybe misreported, maybe died of wounds, maybe survived and killed later?!?"

    TD
     
  6. Guy Hudson

    Guy Hudson Looker-upper

    From the Newcastle Journal Monday 29th June 1942
     

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  7. Steve Mac

    Steve Mac Very Senior Member

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    Good find Guy. You have managed to change a few facts to something tangible.

    Close House is in the area between Wylam and Heddon on the Wall to the east (reference to Hadrian's Wall). I have relatives that live at the latter village. I used to live in the next village to the west of Wylam; Horsley.

    Rocklife Rugby Club is at/near Whitley Bay. I played against them on Tour about 25 years ago now; never played against them when I lived up there.

    Best,

    Steve.
     
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