ARCHANGEL ALLIED CEMETERY
Pictures used with the permission of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Archangel, in the
north of the Russian Federation, is a town on the eastern side of the
Dvina Estuary on the White Sea.
Victoria Cross Recipient
SAMUEL GEORGE PEARSE
Rank: Serjeant, Service No: 133002, Date of Death: 29/08/1919, Age: 22, Regiment/Service: Royal Fusiliers 45th Bn. , Awards: V C, M M, Grave Reference Sp. Mem. B107., Husband of Mrs. Pearse, of Koorlong, Mildura, Victoria, Australia. (buried Obozerskaya Burial Ground).
Citation: An extract from The London Gazette, dated 23rd Oct., 1919, records the following:- "For most conspicuous bravery, devotion to duty and self sacrifice during the operation against the enemy battery position north of Emtsa (North Russia) on the 29th August, 1919. Serjeant Pearse cut his way through the enemy barbed wire under very heavy machine-gun and rifle fire and cleared a way for the troops to enter the battery position. Seeing that a blockhouse was harassing our advance and causing us casualties, he charged the blockhouse single-handed, killing the occupants with bombs. This gallant noncommissioned officer met his death a minute later, and it was due to him that the position was carried with so few casualties. His magnificent bravery and utter disregard for personal danger won for him the admiration of all troops."
John Richard Heyworth
13th Bn. Yorkshire Regiment
4th April 1919, aged 32.
Sp. Mem. B59.
Son of Samuel and Ellen Heyworth, of 35, Netherby St., Burnley. (buried Seletskoe Cem.).