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Charles Oliver McLEAR

Regimental number6354
Place of birthDromana Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationButcher
AddressNorth Williamstown, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29
Next of kinSister, Mrs Catherine R Wilson, 13 Champion Road, North Williamstown, Victoria
Enlistment date26 October 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name24th Battalion, 18th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/41/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 23 November 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll24th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal


'Work at Buire on 14 June 1918 and at Herleville on 18 August 1918.'
Recommendation date: "26 September 1918

Croix de Guerre


Work at Buire and at Herleville.'
Recommendation date: 13 October 1918"

FateReturned to Australia 14 January 1919
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For most conspicuous courage and devotion to duty. During a raid on the enemy lines at Buire on 14 June, 1918, he led a section of the raiding party, and, in face of heavy machine gun fire, rushed an enemy strong post and killed all the garrison except one, whom he captured and brought back. On 18 August, at Herleville, he volunteered and took a message under heavy fire. When he had delivered the message he turned his attention to some wounded men he had found, and while engaged in dressing their wounds he was himself twice wounded.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 135
Date: 11 December 1919

Croix de Guerre (Belgium)


Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 91
Date: 23 July 1919

Date of death4 February 1975
Place of burialSpringvale Cemetery

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