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Arthur Mueller (Joe) Pearce (1885–1915)

Aged 30, the only son of Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Pearce of Bendigo. Known as "Joe", he played 152 games for Melbourne FC from 1904 to 1913; represented Victoria at 1908 Carnival. Always played as a strict amateur, refusing even to accept out of pocket expenses. Played cricket for Coburg and for MCC Club Elevens. Also played lacrosse and tennis. Employee of AMP Society. Heavily involved in the life of the Holy Trinity Church, East Melbourne; Church Treasurer, Sunday School Superintendent, Secretary of Church of England Mens Society, Member of the Choir. Enlisted in August 1914 in the 7th Battalion. He was killed in the Landing at Gallipoli on April 25, 1915. A memorial tablet was erected at Holy Trinity.

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Life Summary [details]


Bendigo, Victoria, Australia


25 April, 1915 (aged ~ 30)
Gallipoli, Turkey

Cause of Death

killed in action

Religious Influence

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Military Service