Jesse Pearson Crease

Date of birth: 1894
Place of birth: Winchester
Regiment: Hampshire
Battalion: 1st
Rank / Service No: Private, 8210
Died: 2nd November 1914, aged 20 years
Commemorated: Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium (Panel 6)


Jesse was the youngest of 11 siblings born to Douglas Henry and Sarah Crease (nee Slack), who married in Bareilly, Bengal on 5 August 1867.

Douglas was a Mariner and was born in Scotland in 1845; he died in Winchester in 1901.

Sarah was born in Birmingham in 1850 and she passed away in Southampton in 1919.


Jesse is a cousin of Thomas McBeath Pearson, who’s story can be found elsewhere; the father of Douglas (James) married Elizabeth Pearson in 1843 and she gave birth to James Crease (amongst others).



Agnes Elizabeth   b. 1870 Ranikhet, India   d. 1918 Chester   Married Arthur William Just in Southampton in 1906.

Sarah Wilhelmina   b. 1875 Gosport   d. 1940 Hackney   Married Alexander Thompson in St. Pancras in 1908.

Isabella May   b. 1877 Gosport   d. 1935 Southampton   Married Beddimus James McCarthy in Southampton in 1907.

John Henry   b. 1879 Gosport   d. ??

George Everard   b. 1881 Winchester   d. 1931 Southampton

Annie Beatrice   b. 1884 Winchester   d. 1892 Winchester

Thomas Victor   b. 1886 Winchester   d. 1953 New South Wales   Sailed 9 August 1912 bound for Melbourne.

Charles John   b. 18 December 1887 Winchester   d. 1950 Southampton   Married Olive M. Inder in Southampton in 1911.

David Alexander   b. 1889 Winchester   d. 1974 Southampton   Married Irene Edwards in Edmonton in 1946.

Ernest James   b. 3 February 1892   d. 1950 Southampton   Married Maud G. Mansbridge in Southampton in 1939.

Jesse Pearson


The 1st Hampshire became part of the 11th Brigade of the 4th Division in III Corps prior to their departure for France in August 1914.

The 4th took part in the Battle of Messines (13 October – 2 November) in Belgian Flanders and Jesse was reported missing sometime between 30 October and 2 November.


The Memorial commemorates more than 11,000 Commonwealth servicemen who died in the sector during WW1 and have no known grave.

Most of those commemorated did not die in major battles, such as those that took place around Loos and Ypres, but in the course of day-to-day trench warfare which characterised the fighting in the area.


The Memorial stands in the Berkshire Cemetery Extension and the panel numbers relate to the regiment the serviceman served with.


Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 27th June 2016


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