|Date of birth:||Quarter 3 (July/August/September) 1892|
|Place of birth:||Southampton|
|Service No.:||1314 whilst serving as a Gunner in the RFA Territorial Force|
|Regiment / Division:||Leicestershire Regiment Army|
|Died:||14th July 1916 aged 24|
|Death location:||Somme, France|
Life before the War
Eric’s parents were Edwin Pearce (b.06.041858 – d. April 10.04.1930) and Emmeline, nee Tiller (b.1861 and d. February 13.02.1931). Edwin was born on the Isle of Wight whilst Emmeline was born in Southampton. They married in Southampton in 1884 and both died in Southampton.
Edwin and Emmeline had 4 children, Eric was their only son. Their 3 daughters were:
Gladys Emmeline (b.23.02.1887 – d.1970). Never married.
Nellie Florence (b.1885 – d.1967). Married Ernest Heber Thompson (b.1891 – d.1971) in Bloomsbury on 17.06.1919.
Margery Elsie (b.21.05.1895 – d.1973). Married William Owton (b.1896 – d.1962) in the New Forest in 1922.
In the 1891 census Gladys and Nellie were living with their maternal grandmother at 26 Hill Lane, Southampton, whilst Edwin and Emmeline were with their paternal grandparents at 32 and 33 Above Bar Street. Eric’s grandfather was a dealer in Toys and Fancy Goods.
The 1901 census shows the family are living at 4 Above Bar Street, Southampton. Also registered at their address are two servants. Edwin gives his occupation as a Shopkeeper and Toys and Fancy Goods Importer.
By the 1911 census the family has acquired the premises next door and give their address as Nos. 4 and 6 Above Bar Street. Eric is still living with his parents and Gladys as well as two servants. Eric’s occupation at this time was Assistant in his Father’s business.
At the time of Eric’s death his parents were living at 13 Blenheim Avenue, Southampton, having moved there in 1915.
We have not been able to trace Eric’s service history, hence we are not able to obtain Eric’s service number for his time in the Leicestershire Regiment Army. The Leicestershire Regiment raised a total of 19 Battalions during the course of the First World War and served in France and Flanders, Mesopotamia and Palestine, losing approximately 6,000 men throughout the war.
Prior to his service with the Royal Leicestershire Regiment, where he served in both 7th and 10th Battalions, Eric served as Gunner 1314 with the Royal Field Artillery Territorial Force.
He is mentioned in the London Gazette of 8th January 1916 advising of his promotion on 1st January 1916 to Temporary 2nd Lieutenant (on probation).
Eric was killed in action during the Battle of the Somme. He received the Victory Medal and British War Medal.
Eric is buried and commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme in France. He is also remembered at the Fawley War Memorial and on family grave at Southampton Old Cemetery. Ref 71. K. 252:
In his probate Eric left £725 to his Father, Edwin Pearce Gutteridge, at the 4 Above Bar Street address.
There was a second probate for Eric dated 11th February 1932, leaving effects £1240 17s 3d to Gladys Emmeline and Ernest Heber Thompson (Nellie’s Husband).
|Published.:||1st July 2014|
|Updated:||Insert dates here|
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