Pears, Maurice Loraine

Unit: 17th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers

Award: CMG (Companion of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George)

Date of death: 20 October 1916

Age at death: 44

Cause of death: Illness

Place of burial/commemoration: Brighton (Extra-mural) Borough Cemetery

From the Pauline Magazine: elder son of Mr. M. E. Pears, I.S.C., and grandson of Major– General Sir Thomas Pears, died on October 20th after several months’ acute-suffering, aged 44.

As lieutenant in the Camerons he served in the Tirah Expedition, being wounded at Dargai, and received the medal with two clasps. He also served with his regiment through the South African War. He left the Army in 1906, after fourteen and a half years’ service. He came home from East Africa on the outbreak of war, and was gazetted to a battalion of the Northumberland Fusiliers, of which he was soon given the command, ‘and after fourteen months’ training he went with it to the front. He became seriously ill in March, but refused to leave his work until forced to do so at the beginning of August, when the doctors found there was no hope of recovery.

He married, in 1906, Eva Kathleen, youngest daughter of the late Sir Spencer M. Maryon-Wilson, of Charlton House, Kent, and widow of Guy C. Hardy, of Danehurst, Sussex.