Leslie Pearce, born in Birmingham, enlisted into The Royal Scots Fusiliers and volunteered for airborne forces.
Private Pearce successfully completed parachute training on course 136 at RAF Ringway from 2 to 15 October 1944. His course report stated ‘Keen. No nervousness. Good all round performer’. He was posted to 13th (Lancashire) Parachute Battalion.
He took part in the 6th Airborne Division response to the German counter-offensive in the Ardennes, during Winter 1944-5.
Pte Pearce was killed in action on 4 January 1945, aged 19, and was buried in Bure, Tellin, (Belgium) temporary burial ground. He was later reinterred in Hotton War Cemetery on 22 May 1947.
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