Siblings: Ethel, Leonard, Sarah Ann, Fred, Clifford, Evelina, Myra
Organisations/clubs: Laisterdyke Constitutional Club
Rolls of Honour: Holy Trinity, Idle; Idle Upper Chapel
Alfred Pearson was born around 1886, the eldest of eight children of William and Esther Maria. Both the parents and the two elder children were born in Eccleshill with the remaining children born in Idle.William was a slater and Alfred followed in his footsteps.Sometime between the 1911 census and 1917 when he was killed in action, Alfred married Lily who was living at 348 Sticker Lane, Laisterdyke at the time of his death, though it’s not clear if that was their home or if she had moved back with her family while he was
away at war.We know from a Roll of Idle men serving that Alfred was in the army by May 1915. His death passed unnoticed by the Shipley Times & Express until they mentioned it in this report of the death of his brother Clifford, published on 10 May 1918:Driver Clifford Pearson, R.F.A., who was killed on 14th April, was 22 years of age and had enlisted in January 1915, going to the front the following July.He worked for Obanks, builders,
and was connected with the Idle Congregational Church.One of his brothers, Pte Alfred Pearson, R.F.A., who wife and son live at Sticker Lane, Laisterdyke, was killed last Christmas.A slater for Thornton’s, Shipley, previous to enlisting in December 1914 and going to the front in February 1917, he was a member of the Laisterdyke Constitutional Club. He was 33 years of age.Another brother, Pte Leonard Pearson, aged 28, has been at the
front nine months. He is married and his wife and two children live at 1 Back Lane, Idle.Pte Sam Berry, Labour Battalion, a brother-in-law, aged 26, is at the front, having joined up in January 1917 and going to the front in the following month. He was a carter and his wife lives at 3 Walter Street, Idle.Another brother in law, Pte Walter Charlesworth, R.F.A., who is 30 years old and whose wife and child live at Westfield Lane, Idle, is with the forces. He also worked for Obanks.