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Born: 1896, Idle
Died: 14 April 1918
Buried: NKG
Address: 3 Walter Street, Idle
Parents: William and Esther Maria
Siblings: Alfred, Ethel, Leonard, Sarah Ann, Fred, Evelina, Myra
Occupation: Spinner
Rank: driver
Rolls of Honour: Holy Trinity, Idle; Upper Chapel, Idle; Tyne Cot Memorial
Regiment: RFA
Clifford Pearson
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Clifford Pearson was born around 1896, the sixth 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. In 1901 the family were living at 46 Highfield Road, Idle, but ten years later they had moved to 3 Walter Street and 15-year-old Clifford is working as a spinner. We know from a Roll of Idle men serving that Clifford was in the army by May 1915. We read of his death in the Shipley Times & Express of 10 May 1918 which includes details of other relatives he had fighting in the war:
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.
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