MILITARY GENERAL SERVICE 1793, 7 CLASPS, ROLEIA, VIMIERA, SALAMANCA, PYRENEES, NIVELLE, NIVE, ORTHES ‘J. PEARCE, CORPL. 32ND FOOT’
James Pearce was born in Warminster in 1781 and enlisted into the 32nd Foot on 29 April 1807. He served with the 1/32nd at Copenhagen later that year, where the battalion served as marines. In August 1808, he landed with his battalion in Portugal and took part in the battles of Roleia and Vimiera. He also took part in the retreat to Corunna but did not apply for the clasp for his medal, despite the fact that 129 men from his regiment did. Serving in the Walcheren the taking of Flushing in August 1809, Pearce next served with his battalion in the Peninsular from July 1811. During his service in this theatre, he took part in the battles of Salamanca, Pyrenees, Nivelle, Nive and Orthes, additionally at the siege of Ciudad Rodrigo (no clasp entitlement), siege and retreat from Burgos. Pearce was admitted as a Chelsea out pensioner on 13 May 1851 and in August 1857 as an in pensioner when he noted his battles served and that he had suffered a ‘Gunshot wound to bowel causing body deformation’. James Pearce died as pensioners at the Royal Hospital Chelsea in Pensioner in May 1867. He was 86 years old.
This medal was sold at DNW in 2016 where their seemed to be some confusion with another Corporal Eaton of the 32nd who served at Waterloo. Subsequent research proves these were two different men. The MGS Pearce having been discharged from the Army in on 3 November 1814. Additionally, when he applied to become a out pensioner in 1857, he noted his wound and all the battles that are on his medal but not Waterloo.
Note: The owner of this medal has produced a superb write up of this man service and life through service papers, musters, units service and genealogical research. As such I have added this as the full PDF write up. It is far larger than my normal write ups and may take a little longer to view. However it is well worth reading if you are interested in this medal.
Condition VF, Suspension rod and possible pin refitted, claw untouched. EK at 6 O’clock and some minor edge bruising and wear; hardly surprising as this man was a Chelsea Pensioner for some years. Sold with copied service and research on CD. Ex DNW 2016. Despite a few condition issues, this a very good medal to a soldier with an excellent service.