T184377 A/Sgt. Charles Pearce/birth name Alfred Charles Thomas Pera
352(HS)Works Company, Labour Corps
(Previous army no. 8267, Lincolnshire Regiment)
Died: 23rd April 1918
Inquest dated stated that Charles Pearce was found dead at 3pm on 23rd April 1918, after putting a detonator in his mouth and lighting the fuse.
A/Sgt Charles Pearce was buried on 27th April 1918, Hipswell, North Yorkshire.
Verdict: Committed suicide whilst temporarily insane
Summary of Army career
28th August 1914: Attested at Manchester.
Description: 5ft 6 1/2". Brown eyes. Dark red hair. 120 pounds. Stated he was single and had no children (which he does in fact have at least one, Percival Sidney Pera born 1889). Occupation: Hairdresser
13th October 1914: Joined 2nd Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment and was subsequently posted to France.
21st November 1914: Promoted to L/Cpl
24th March 1915: Diagnosed with a hernia at Casualty Clearing Centre at Merville, France, transferred to Boulogne to be repatriated back to England and joined 3rd Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment.
28th June 1915: Demoted from L/Cpl for being drunk.
28th November 1916: Transferred to 7th (W) Durham Light Infantry
11th December 1916: Promoted L/Cpl
12th November 1917: Posted to 352(HS) Works Company, Labour Corps
23rd April 1918: Committed suicide at Brough, Catterick
Charles Pearce was born Alfred Charles Thomas Pera in 1870.242 The name Alfred Charles Thomas Pera is in his Army documentation.
His parents were Charles Clement Pera, born 1840, Prussia, a seaman and Louisa Ann Burfoot, born 1846, Bristol.They were married in St James, Bristol.His father doesn't appear on any of the subsequent censuses with the family. Louisa states she is a widow on the 1891 Census, her occupation is a dairykeeper, living with her is her daughter, Agnes, who will be mentioned later and her mother Betsy Burfoot. Charles Pera died suddenly Callao, Peru in 1889, age 48247.
By 1901, Louisa is a grocer's shopkeeper and living with daughter Agnes who is now married to Alfred Wilkins248. By 1911, Louisa is living at 105 Mina Road, Bristol with Agnes and her family, this being the address that Charles Pearce has written on his Army documentation as being the address for his next of kin, Agnes Wilkins, sister.
Charles Pearce/Alfred Pera married Mabel Helena Parker on 2nd April 1888, Moorfields, St Matthews, Gloucestershire.
They had a son Percival Sidney Pera christened 12th May 1889, at Holy Nativity, Bedminster, Bristol. Father's name given as Charles Pera, mother, Mabel Helena.251Born Percival Sydney Pera, June 1889.
1891 Census has Mabel Helena and Percival living with her parents at Upper St, Bedminster stating she is married but no mention as to Alfred/Charles, he is on 1891 Census boarding in High St, Watford, Hertfordshire, occupation, traveller.
By 1901, Mabel Helena is living in the Farbrother household, 16 Arno St, Bristol, she describes herself as single.255 Percival, her son, is still living with Mabel's father.256 Charles Pearce/Alfred Pera is not found on 1901 Census.
1911 Census has Mabel Helena married to Leonard Farbrother, who was in the same household in 1901,257 she had remarried in 1903, Bristol.
Percival Sidney is living with his mother and her husband at 29 Hill Avenue, Bedminster, Bristol. It looks like Charles Pearce/Alfred Pera is at the workhouse in Gravesend, Kent, listed as being born in Taunton, Somerset, single and a barber's assistant, whether or not he is an inmate of the workhouse or someone who is working there on the night of the census is not apparent.
Charles Pearce had changed his name sometime between 1891 and 1911 maybe due to the build-up of anti-German feeling within England as his father was German born.
By 1914, when Charles Pearce joined the Army, he was living in Derby. His records show that he made an allotment from his army pay to a Miss Clara Snow, 17 Roman Terrace, Eagle St, Derby. He stated that she was his unmarried wife. Clara would attend his inquest in 1918 and gave her address at that time as 90 High St, Derby.260 Clara died at 90 High St, Derby on 11th January, 1923. Clara was aged 60.Charles Pearce's sister Agnes Wilkins was named as next of kin and she received Charles Pearce's medals and personal effects.
Percival Sidney Pera(Charles Pearce's son)
Born 12th May 1889, Bristol.
Married 1911, Bristol to Alice Jones.
Died 1947, Bristol age 58.
Percival and Alice's children(Charles Pearce grandchildren)
1. Percival E Pera 1912266-1914 Bristol
2. Mabel A Pera 1913268-1992 Bath
3. Daisy D Pera 1915269-1927270 Keynsham
4. Percival William Pera 1917271.Died June 1993, Bath.272 Married 1950 to Diana A Stone. Children(Charles Pearce great grandchildren): Heather D & Martin R Pera born 1951274 Bristol. Dudley M Pera born 1954275 Keynsham(still on 2014 Electoral Roll living in Shepton Mallet)
The next three children have to be confirmed as Percival and Alice's:
1. Reginald Pera born 1921276 Keynsham. Married in 1945 Keynsham to Mary E M Helliar.
2. Gladys Pera born 1925278 Keynsham. Possible 2013 Electoral Roll entry 4 Rodney Road, Bristol BS31 3HP
3. Ernest Pera born 1927279 Keynsham. Married in 1952 Bristol to Florence G Filer.Children: Hilary F Pera born 1954281 Bristol. Jane B Pera born 1957 Bristol.282 Christopher R Pera born 1959 Bristol.
Charles Pearce sister
Agnes Louisa Pera born 1874284 Bristol. Married Alfred George Wilkins on 5th April 1896, Bristol.
1. Dorothy Agnes Wilkins born 1897 Bristol
2. Alfred Edwin Wilkins born 1898 Bristol
3. Kathleen Beatrice Wilkins born 1900 Bristol
4. Alice Wilkins born 1900 Bristol
(Grandson)Reginald Pera born 1921 possible 2014 Electoral Roll: The Glen, Bath Avon BA2 8LP
(Great grandson)Dudley M Pera born 1954 on 2014 Electoral Roll in Shepton Mallet Somerset
Florence G Pera, wife of Ernest Pera 2014 Electoral Roll Flat 28 Hawthorne Lane Bristol BS31 1BF