William Henry Pearce

Discussion in 'Non-Commemorated War Dead' started by temptage, Jul 14, 2010.

  1. temptage

    temptage Who said this would be easy?

    I found a headstone in Stallingborough Church Graveyard, Lincolnshire for a man called William Henry Pearce.

    The stone says exactly this

    In
    Loving Memory of
    WILLIAM HENRY
    The Beloved Son of
    H.W. and Elizabeth Pearce

    who was accidentally shot
    by a stray bullet from
    THE STALLINGBOROUGH RANGE
    May 27th 1915
    Aged 26 Years

    I know that he was not in the military but surely this man should be considered for a War Grave as his death was caused by a bullet from someone training for war. Elsewhere i have seen War Graves for individuals who have died in civilian plane crashes that have been outside of War dates

    Anybody think the same?
     
  2. Fireman

    Fireman Discharged

    Maybe his family don't want him in a war grave! In any event I think as it was obviously an accident then no I don't think he should be in a war grave. What if he had been run down by an army truck?
     
  3. Maybe his family don't want him in a war grave! In any event I think as it was obviously an accident then no I don't think he should be in a war grave. What if he had been run down by an army truck?

    black humour but I guess that hits the nail on the head.
     
  4. Billy McGee

    Billy McGee Senior Member

    In any event I think as it was obviously an accident then no I don't think he should be in a war grave. What if he had been run down by an army truck?

    If he had been a member of the armed forces he would of automatically been granted war grave status no matter what the cause of death, whether the family wanted an official headstone or not.

    The Brookwood Memorial actually commemorates the names of 10 serving British soldiers, who were hung for separate murders. As the bodies were buried in unmarked graves as was the law, they are named on the Brookwood Memorial, which commemorates those of the land forces who have no known grave.

    Arthur Peach murdered a Miss Kitty Lyon (apparently murdered another person as well)
    August Sangret murdered his girlfriend Miss Joan Wolfe
    Charles Raymond murdered a lady named Marguerite Burge
    Cyril Johnson murdered a lady named Maggie Small
    David Jennings murdered a Mr Albert Farley
    Dudley Rayner murdered his wife Mrs Josephine Rayner
    Ernest Digby murdered his daughter Dawn Digby
    Ernest James Kemp murdered a lady named Iris Deeley
    Frederick Austin murdered his wife Lillian Austin
    Terence Casey murdered a lady named Bridget Mitton
     
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  5. Roxy

    Roxy Senior Member

    There is a CWGC casualty in Stallingborough Cemetery:

    Cemetery:STALLINGBOROUGH (SS. PETER AND PAUL) CHURCHYARD
    Country:United Kingdom
    Locality:Lincolnshire
    No. of Identified Casualties:1

    Roxy
     
  6. Roxy

    Roxy Senior Member

  7. geoff501

    geoff501 Achtung Feind hört mit

    Maybe his family don't want him in a war grave! In any event I think as it was obviously an accident then no I don't think he should be in a war grave.

    He's not in a war grave as he was probably either not a service member or on duty with one of the other qualifying organizations. Nothing to do with it being an accident. If he qualified for a war grave, the family would have no choice, but they could refuse an official headstone or choose their own commemoration.
    Civilian war deaths are not recorded or commemorated for WW1, but they are for WW2 (but no headstone or grave maintenance is provided), if due to enemy action. I wonder what the WW2 status is if the action is not directly from the enemy as in this case?


    What if he had been run down by an army truck?
    Are these different to army bullets?
     
  8. ADM199

    ADM199 Well-Known Member

    Headstones are optional when not buried in CWGC Cemetery.
    The Family if they wish can have a private headstone for which they pay, or a CWGC Headstone.

    The Families choice.
     
  9. Billy McGee

    Billy McGee Senior Member

     
  10. geoff501

    geoff501 Achtung Feind hört mit

     

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