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Stewart William Pearce

In memory of:

Flying Officer Stewart William Pearce

December 12, 1942

Military Service


Service Number:

J/15338

Age:

22

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

412 Sqdn.

Additional Information


Born:

February 20, 1920
Toronto, Ontario

Enlistment:

October 10, 1940
Toronto, Ontario

Son of William James and Elsie May Pearce (1990 National Memorial (Silver) Cross Mother), of Toronto, Ontario.

His brother Jack Gordon Pearce died July 27, 1944 while serving with the Royal Canadian Air Force.

Commemorated on Page 105 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL
Surrey, United Kingdom

Grave Reference:

Panel 99.

Location:

During the Second World War more than 116,000 men and women of the Air Forces of the British Commonwealth gave their lives in service. More than 17,000 of these were members of the Royal Canadian Air Force, or Canadians serving with the Royal Air Force. Approximately one-third of all who died have no known grave. Of these, 20,450 are commemorated by name on the Runnymede Memorial, which is situated at Englefield Green, near Egham, 32 kilometres by road west of London. The design of the Runnymede Memorial is original and striking. On the crest of Cooper's Hill, overlooking the Thames, a square tower dominates a cloister, in the centre of which rests the Stone of Remembrance. The cloistered walks terminate in two lookouts, one facing towards Windsor, and the other towards London Airport at Heathrow. The names of the dead are inscribed on the stone reveals of the narrow windows in the cloisters and the lookouts. They include those of 3,050 Canadian airmen. Above the three-arched entrance to the cloister is a great stone eagle with the Royal Air Force motto, Per Ardua ad Astra". On each side is the inscription:
IN THIS CLOISTER ARE RECORDED THE NAMES OF TWENTY THOUSAND AIRMEN WHO HAVE NO KNOWN GRAVE. THEY DIED FOR FREEDOM IN RAID AND SORTIE OVER THE BRITISH ISLES AND THE LANDS AND SEAS OF NORTHERN AND WESTERN EUROPE In the tower a vaulted shrine, which provides a quiet place for contemplation, contains illuminated verses by Paul H. Scott."

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Memorial– Inscription - Runnymede Memorial - April 2017 … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star June 1941. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star June 1941. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star April 1942. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star April 1942. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star June 1942. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star January 1943. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of STEWART WILLIAM PEARCE– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Pearce Brothers– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clipping– Memorialized on the pages of the Globe and Mail. Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clipping– Memorialized on the pages of the Globe and Mail. Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clipping– Memorialized on the pages of the Globe and Mail. Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me

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