Norman Lee Pearce

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First name: Norman

Middle name: Lee

Last name: Pearce

Personal information:

Norman Lee Pearce was born in September 1891 at Hillston, in New South Wales. His father Thomas Pearce was a solicitor in Parkes, his mother was Mary Louise Pearce. Norman worked as a surveyor's assistant before enlisting. His two brothers Thomas and Joseph also fought in WW1 while his sister, also called Mary Louise, remained home in NSW. Norman joined the Australian Imperial Force in Liverpool on 6th April 1915 in the 5th Field Ambulance Unit. He left Australia on 12th May 1915 and served in the above Unit on the Gallipoli Peninsula until evacuated and then transferred to the 13th Field Artillery Brigade on return to Egypt. In November 1916 he fought at the Somme and died there on 20th November 1916. He was buried at 'Cough Drop' Dressing Station near Bazentin le Grand in France

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Street signs, the corner of Frederick St and Dodson Av
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All the WW1 records for my great grand uncle showed he lived in Hanover St, Lidcombe. However, this street no longer exists. Searching in Trove I discovered the street had been renamed to honour another soldier, Private Frederick Doodson who was killed on Anzac Day landing at the Dardanelles. The digitised newspapers helped me to unravel a mystery in the family history. Trove supplied the missing piece to the puzzle and also the reason why the street name was changed, and the wonderful recognition for the local soldier who died.

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