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Herbert LEAR

Regimental number2060
Place of birthManchester, England
SchoolSt Marks, Church of England School, Manchester, England
Age on arrival in Australia19
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFitter
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinMother, Mrs Lear, 143 North Street, Openshaw, Manchester, England
Enlistment date16 January 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name3rd Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/20/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A55 Kyarra on 13 April 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Pioneer Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches


'Conspicuously conscientious and reliable work.'
Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 30107, 1 June 1917; 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169, 4 October 1917.
Recommendation date: 5 March 1917

Other details from Roll of Honour Circular'He was known as the little man with a big heart as he was always ready to help his comrades and always prepared to lead. His motto being that of the Church Lads Brigade (Fight the good fight).'
FateDied of wounds 26 October 1917
Age at death23
Place of burialLijssenthoek Military Cemetery (Plot XXII, Row C, Grave No. 2), Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
171
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John and Sarah LEAR, 'Gowan Brae', 14 Vicks Street, Arncliffe, Sydney, New South Wales

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