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Albert Edward Pearce was born in Wolverhampton in 1891, the son of Robert and Mary Ann Pearce (nee Scanlon). In 1901 they were living at No 7 Court 5, Littles Lane, together with Albert’s brother Robert Hugh and sister Harriet. In 1911 they were at 1 House 6 Court Littles Lane, by which stage Albert had become a labourer for a tube manufacturer.

Albert enlisted in the Royal Garrison Artillery on 10 December 1915 (number 133227) as a Gunner. In March 1917 he was confined to his barracks for 7 days for “conduct to the prejudice of good order”. In July 1917 he was confined to his barracks for 9 days and forfeited 1 day’s pay for, among other things, drunkenness and overstaying his leave. He survived the war, and was demobilised in October 1919. He married Mary A. Southall in 1924. The couple do not appear to have had any children. Albert died at the age of 72 in 1963.