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Christopher Henry McLEAR

Regimental number794
Place of birthDromana, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
AddressDromana, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 4"
Weight150 lbs
Next of kinFather, J McLear, Dromana, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date1 March 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name23rd Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/40/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 10 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll59th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 17), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Family/military connectionsBrother: 3887 Pte James McLEAR, 21st Bn, returned to Australia, 31 October 1917.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Alendria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 30 August 1915.

Admitted to 13th Casualty Clearing Station, 17 September1915 (diarrhoea); transferred by HS 'Maheno' to Malta, 23 September 1915; admitted to Military Hosital Floriana, 26 September 1915; transferred to St Barnabas Hospital, Ghain Tuffieha (date not recorded); to HT 'Bohemia', and disembarked Alexandria, 19 April 1916.

Taken on strength, 59th Bn, Duntroon Plateau, 20 April 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Posted missing, 19 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 29 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.

Handwritten note on Form B103: 'Presume buried No Man's Land approx 5J90 43 to 5K02.5.1 Sheet Hazebrouck 5A'

Note, Red Cross File No 1940705, 'No trace Germany. Cert by Capt. Mills. 10.10.19.'

Statement, 3887 Pte J. McLEAR, 21st Bn (patient, Cornelia Hospital, Poole, England): 'Informant states that C.H. McLean (sic) was my brother. I am sure he is dead. I have met men of his Battalion who were present when he was killed. Some of them were fellow townsmen of ours.'

Second statement, 3984 Pte W. CALDWELL, D Company, 59th Bn, 15 December 1916: 'Witness says he saw the soldier killed by a shell at Fleurbaix on No Man's Land. He was practically blown to pieces.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, McLEAR Christopher Henry
Red Cross Files Nos 1940705 & 1950205

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