1918-2008: Ninety Years of Remembrance

Soldier Record

Kenneth Pearson

Contributed by: Ian C Pearson, on 2008-11-11

Captain Kenneth Noble Pearson
First Name Kenneth
Surname Pearson
Year of Birth 1889
Year of Death 1961
Regiment Royal Engineers
Place of Wartime Residence Birmingham, Warwickshire

Kenneth's Story

War Service 1914 -1920

30-09-14 to 30-11-14. Attached to S.M.E Chatham on Course of Military Engineering (as 2nd Lt. R.E., T.C.)

30-11-14 to 09-08-15. Serving with the 105th Field Co., R.E. acting as second in command for 5 Months.

09-08-15 transfered to the flying arm of the R.E.

20-08-15 Received his Royal Aero Club flying Certificate No. 1621 at Military training School, Birmingham flying a Maurice Farman Biplane.

03-11-15 Gazetted Temporary Second Lieutenant K. N. Pearson,

Royal Engineers, and to be transferred to the General List.

16 May 1916 - 23 May 1916: Leave from 21 Sqdn.

10 June 1916: Posted to 27 Sqdn. Flying a G101Martinsyde

August 1916 mention in Despatches during the Battle of the Somme.

5 August 1916: Appointed Acting Flight Commander.

6 August 1916 - 12 August 1916: Leave.

12 August 1916: Appointed Flight Commander and Promoted Captain. Flying G102 (Elephant) Martinsyde

7 October 1916: Posted to Home Establishment (HE) (i.e. the UK, as opposed to General Service (GS), meaning overseas). Rochford (Now Southend Airport)

20 October 1916: Awarded Military Cross. LONDON GAZETTE, 20-10-1916 MC Citation - Temp. Capt. Kenneth Noble Pearson, Gen. List and R.F.C. For conspicuous gallantry and skill. With one other pilot he attacked ten hostile aeroplanes. The other pilot had his controls cut and had to return, but Captain Pearson

fought on till all the enemy aeroplanes were dispersed. On another occasion he bombed, trains from a low altitude. He has done; other fine work. (This was for his action over the Somme in August 1916)

5 May 1917: Admitted to hospital shot in mouth.

22 May 1917: Returns to flying duties.

16 October 1917: Unfit for GS for three weeks (cyst on jaw due to his previous injury). Fit for HS after three weeks leave.

10 December 1917: Admitted to RFC Hospital Hampstead (cyst on jaw still having trouble with his face wounds). Unfit GS for one month. Fit for HS limited flying.

10 January 1918: Admitted to RFC Hospital Hampstead (cyst on jaw still trouble with his facial injuries). Unfit GS for one month. Received dental treatment.

8 February 1918: Admitted to RFC Hospital Hampstead (cyst on jaw still problem with his injuries). Unfit GS for one month. Fit for HS with high flying.

12 March 1918: Fit for GS.

2 October 1918: Fit for GS with flying.

30 November 1918: Posted to France.

4 December 1918: Joins 25 Sqdn.

5 January 1919: Admitted to 14 General Hospital, not yet diagnosed.

10 January 1919: Returns to UK on Hospital Ship St Denis.

27 January 1919: Diagnosed with Flying Sickness. Fit for HE flying under 6000ft, given four weeks leave.

16 April 1919: Unfit for GS indefinitely. Fit HS flying under 6000ft.

1919 Commanded 110 Squadron, RAF for just under three months.

WW2 Record

1939-1940 Head Group Warden, Central Ward, Bognor Regis and Platoon Commander 5th

Platoon Home Guard.

Oct 1940 to August 1945 Garrison Engineer and ADCRE in Northern Ireland and England and during this time he was seconded for six months to the Chief Inspecterate of Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, Ministry of Supply., as Inspecting Office

My Grandfather Kenneth Noble Pearson WW1 & WW2 War record

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