District Officer Charles Pearson
Person Male Born 2/8/1869 Died 9/7/1911
Died at the Siege of Sidney Street.
Andrew Behan has researched this man: District Officer Charles Edward Pearson was born on 2 August 1869 in Shadwell, a son of Henry Grove Pearson and Sarah Pearson née Carter. His father was a Shipping Agent. He was baptised on 29 August 1869 at St Mary's Church, Stepney and the family was living at 49 Lucas Street. (Lucas Street has since been renamed and is now Lukin Street, London, E.1). The 1871 census shows him still at this address living with his parents and elder sisters, Clarinda Harriet Pearson, Mary Ann Pearson and Rose Pearson and an elder brother, Grove Henry Pearson. The 1881 census states the family was still at 49 Lucas Street.
On 18 October 1894 he married Alice Bown at The Parish Church of St George in the East, Tower Hamlets. He was shown as a Fireman, living at the Fire Station, Watling Street, City of London and her home address was given as 49 Lucas Street. Their three children were all baptised at All Hallows Church, East India Dock Road, Poplar and the baptismal records show that James Charles Pearson, was born on 11 August 1896 and when he was baptised on 27 September 1896 the family were living at 69 Mayton Street, Holloway. Florence Maud Pearson was born on 13 October 1897 and when baptised on 26 December 1897, the records show that they were living at the Whitefriars Fire Station, Carmelite Street, London, E.C.4. Leonard Arthur Pearson was born on 4 December 1899 and baptised on 22 July 1900 when the family were living at Manchester Square Fire Station, East Street, Marylebone. They were still here at the time of the 1901 census which stated that he was a Fireman. (East Street has since be renamed to Chiltern Street and the Fire Station is now the Chiltern Firehouse Restaurant and Hotel).
Promoted to the rank of District Officer, he suffered a fractured spine when a wall collapsed following the fire at The Siege of Sidney Street, Stepney, on 3 January 1911 and the April 1911 census shows him as an inmate at The British Home & Hospital for Incurables, Crown Lane, Streatham, where he died from his injuries, aged 41 years, on 9 July 1911. The April 1911 census form that had been sent to him for completion shows that his home address had been 14 Ravenscroft Road, Canning Town and in his absence had to be completed by his wife.