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John Foster GEAR

Regimental number2040
ReligionChurch of England
Address4 Humffray Street, Ballarat East, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, Mr James A Gear, 4 Humffray Street, Ballarat East, Victoria
Enlistment date14 June 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name24th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/41/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A68 Anchises on 26 August 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll24th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 9 August 1916

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 15 September 1916

Mention in Despatches

Recommendation date: 5 March 1918

Military Cross

Recommendation date: 14 May 1918

Military Cross

Recommendation date: 4 July 1918

Military Cross

Recommendation date: 10 July 1918

FateKilled in Action 5 October 1918
Place of burialRamicourt British Cemetery (Row C, Grave No. 16), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in charge of the brigade sniping section during an attack. He personally supervised the placing of his snipers on the whole brigade front, and throughout the day kept improving their positions. Under heavy fire he carried out a reconnaissance in "No Man's Land" in order to secure more efficient fire for some of his section, and throughout the operations maintained the superiority of fire over the enemy.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Other detailsMedals: Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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