2684048 Trooper William Alexander Pearson


2684048 Trooper William Alexander Pearson


2684048 Trooper William Alexander Pearson, 1st Canadian Tank Battalion, died November 28 1918

Trooper Wm. Alexander Pearson was the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. C.W. Pearson, of Buckingham, Que., where he was born in 1890. He attended the Christian Brothers School in his early years, until he entered Loyola in 1907. In 1909 he crossed the ocean and entered the “Albion Automobile Works” in Glasgow, Scotland, where he became an expert mechanic. After returning to Canada he spent a year in the service of the National Trans-Continental Railway, West of Cochrane. In 1912 he went “West” visiting different cities en route, and finally settled in Edmonton, where he was very successful. Here in April, 1918, he enlisted in the “R.N.W. Mounted Police” Cavalry Draft, and went overseas the first week of June – was stationed at Shorncliffe, England, until the latter part of September, when about 200 of the Cavalry were transferred to the 1st Canadian Tank Battalion at Bovington Camp, Wareham, Dorset, England, where he was stationed at the time of the signing of the Armistice. He was driving one of the trucks and enjoyed the training thoroughly. He was among the number booked to return to Canada on the first trip to the Olympics. Unfortunately for his home and loved ones this sailing was cancelled for a week, to allow the Hospital Ship with wounded to be brought home to Canada first, and Trooper Pearson was given his first leave (in 7 months) for the week. (Loyola College Review 1919 36)

On 28 November 1918, 2684048 Trooper William Alexander Pearson was serving with the Cavalry Draft of the Royal North-West Mounted Police attached to the 1st Canadian Tank Battalion in Dorset. While enjoying his first leave in seven months he was struck in the London underground by a train at Charing Cross Station. He was on the last day of a seven day leave and was on his way back to camp at the time. The death was ruled accidental.
Pearson, 28, is buried in Plot III, Row I, Grave 5 of Brookwood Military Cemetery (Surrey). (Drolet 21)


Drolet, Dr. “Gil”. Loyola, The Wars: In Remembrance of “Men for Others”. Waterloo, Ontario, Canada: Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies, Wilfred Laurier University, 1996.
Loyola College Review


1914 - 1918




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