Thomas Ernest Pearce (19 February 1883 – 19 December 1941) was a British businessman and member of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong.
Thomas Ernest Pearce Wikipedia
T. E. Pearce was born on 19 February 1883. His father Rev. Thomas William Pearce, O.B.E, LL.D. spent nearly half century working in China as a missionary and translator, and was closely associated with the educational development in Hong Kong.
T. E. Pearce joined the J. D. Hutchison & Co. in 1903 and acquired the company from John Duflon Hutchison in 1917. He took into partnership with P. S. Cassidy in 1922 and set up a branch office in Canton in 1929 which ceased to operate in 1941. He was also director and chairman of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation and many other public companies.
Pearce was made Justice of the Peace in 1921 and was appointed member of the Court of the University of Hong Kong in 1929. He was also appointed member of the Legislative Council in March 1939 until Japan invaded Hong Kong in 1941. He As a member of the Hong Kong Defence Reserve. During the Battle of Hong Kong, he was killed in the fight alongside the Volunteers' Special Guard Company nicknamed the Hugheseliers and the Methuseliers consisting of group of older men to defend the North Point Power Station.
Pearce was a sportsman and played cricket for Hong Kong. He was also the Chairman of the Hong Kong Jockey Club from 1940 to 1941. He had two sons, Thomas Alexander Pearce and J. L. C. Pearce. Thomas Alexander Pearce was also a professional cricketer.