Topic: Pearce Harman Way

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Pearce Harman Way (service no. 48119) was a young man with links to St. Augustine's Anglican Church, Cashmere, who fought and died in the First World War

Pearce Harman Way

Pearce Harman Way  was born in Christchurch on 24th October, 1887. He was the second son of George Edward and Emma Kate Way. There were two daughters and three sons. George had been born in England, came out to New Zealand in 1878, and practised as an accountant. They lived at 66 Dyers Pass Road, Cashmere. Later his parents lived at 20 Helmores Rd, Fendalton.

Pearce attended Christ’s College, where he was a prominent member of the first eleven in cricket. Then he worked for a few months in the office of Messrs Gould, Beaumont and Co, leaving there to learn farming with Charles Peter at Anama, then with Leonard Cotterill, Tokomaru Bay. He then went farming by himself at Kaitieke, south of Taumaranui.

 He was 5’10’’ tall, with blue grey eyes and brown hair.

 He was an Anglican, and involved in the parish of St. Augustine’s. His father took a very active part in the building of St. Augustine’s Anglican Church, Cashmere, and was on the original committee planning the building. He was also treasurer and on the vestry of the church. Pearce’s sister had been married at St. Augustine’s in 1913.

 When the war started, Pearce tried to join up, but was rejected as temporarily unfit. He successfully tried again later and entered the army on 11th January, 1917. He was a rifleman in the New Zealand Rifle Brigade, 2nd Battalion, 25th Reinforcements, H Company. He trained at Trentham, then Featherston, and then left for England on 26th April, arriving in Plymouth, England about three months later. They trained for about seven weeks in Sling Camp, then  left for France, and headed into the field on 8th October, 1917.

 He was killed just four days later. He died on 12th October, 1917, in Ypres, Belgium, aged 29 and is buried at Tyne Cot Memorial, Tyne Cot Cemetery, Zonnebeke, West Vlaanderen, Belgium.

 He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal, and the Victory Medal.

 His name is on the roll of honour board at St. Augustine’s Anglican Church, Cashmere.

 His older brother, Levelis, was killed in the Boer War.

His younger brother, Francis Maxwell, died on 8th August, 1915 in Gallipoli, in the battle for Chunuk Bair.


Related Resources:

  • Online cenotaph record for Pearce Harman Way,Auckland War Memorial Museum
  • Pearce Harman Way's military personnel file. Archives New Zealand (Archway)
  • Ancestry Library Edition :New Zealand Electoral Rolls, 1853-1981


  • Roll of Honour: Star , Issue 12156, 6 November 1917, Page 5
  • Obituary: Press, Volume LXVIII, Issue 20608, 26 July 1932, Page 13
  • Marriages: Press, Volume XLIX, Issue 14854, 20 December 1913, Page 1



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Pearce Harman Way

First Names:Pearce Harman
Last Name:Way
Place of Birth:Christchurch