1890 Born. I suspect he was the illegitimate son of Lydia in 1911 census, but there is no proof. The name is too common to get beyond verifying his MC and bar
1911 census He is not at 436 Beverley Rd, Hull, (the address on his MIC) but Pearsons are. They are probably his grandparents rather than his parents. The family seem mainly to have been railway clerks.
1916 Dec 21. Landed in France
1917 Nov 29. Commissioned 2nd Lt in Royal Fusiliers
1919 Mar 12. Bar to MC Gazetted. 2nd Lt. (A./Capt.) John Pearson, M.C., R. Fus., attd. 2nd Bn. (M.C. gazetted 2nd December, 1918.) On the 20th October, 1918, in the vicinity of Kappart, he, by the skilful handling of his. platoons under heavy fire, gained his objective. Finding that the company on his left had managed to secure the high ground, and that the Company on his right had been held up, he immediately formed a defensive flank and filled the gap, under very heavy machine-gun fire. Throughout his courage was conspicuous.
1919 May 28 Promoted Lt.
1921 Jun 30 Joined ADRIC with service no 2087. Posted to F Coy
1921 Dec 20 Gazetted out as Captain
1922 Jan 17. Discharged on demobilisation of ADRIC