Alexander Fortescue Pearce
Son of George Francis and Fanny Isabella Pearce, of Wellington City.
"When he was struck by a northbound Matamata race train at Ngaruawahia on Saturday, a soldier at the Hopuhopu military camp was killed instantly. He was Gunner Alexander Fortescue, Pearce, aged 24, a member of the Fifth Field Battery, New Zealand Artillery. No one saw the accident, but the train crew felt a bump when passing the Hopuhopu siding. The train was stopped, and an investigation showed that a soldier had been run over.
Gunner Pearce was a single man, and had entered camp on the day before.
[Northern Advocate, 5 February 1940, Page 4]
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