Until my forties all I’d known about Dad’s World War II ‘active service’ was that he’d enjoyed it (‘best days of my life, son,’ he’d always say, to the mock despair of his beloved Winnie, my mother). As to what dad had actually done in six and a quarter years of army life, between 1939 and 1946… well, Jim had always remained relatively coy about it. This all changed when dad’s third-born grandson was given a school project that required an interview with a war veteran. For William Pearce ‘granddad’ was the obvious target; and the war veteran opened up to provide a raft of reminiscences. Now faithfully recorded with word for word accuracy in this, his mainly light-hearted book, ‘Jim’s War’ is a unique account of wartime active service from an ordinary man braver than he would give himself credit for.
Jim’s War – The saga of one man’s struggle against the Nazi hordes
For William Pearce ‘granddad’ was the obvious target; and the war veteran opened up to provide a raft of reminiscences. Now faithfully recorded with word for word accuracy in this, his mainly light-hearted book, ‘Jim’s War’ is a unique account of wartime active service from an ordinary man braver than he would give himself credit for.
Born in Huddersfield on 15th October 1944, Andrew Pearce has been fortunate enough never to have been required to reside outside his hometown or to work outside West Yorkshire.
Educated at Huddersfield College and New College he left school in 1962 and trained as a Chartered Accountant with Messrs Armitage & Norton of Huddersfield.
Qualifying (and marrying) in 1968, Andrew was appointed a partner in the firm in 1976; and later with international firm, KPMG. This was in 1987 by which Andrew had become managing partner of A&N, Huddersfield. He now moved to the larger firm’s Leeds office in order to assume responsibility for KPMG’s national Building Society practice; and, in 1995, this led to him becoming Finance Director of Yorkshire Building Society, and transferring his base to their Bradford headquarters.
Retiring from full-time work in 2001, Andrew took up a non-executive directorship with Coventry Building Society the same year. He later became the Coventry’s deputy chairman before totally retiring from work in 2009.
Andrew has four sons and five grand-children and is happily married to his sweetheart from teenage years, Linda. Outside work and family his interests have tended to focus on a variety of sports and, in particular, football, cricket and golf.
He began writing ‘Of Amos, ‘Erbert and Friends – Flying High with Huddersfield Town’, his first, book in 2006.