John Foster (Jack) GEAR MC, MID

GEAR, John Foster

Service Number: 2040
Enlisted: 14 June 1915
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 24th Infantry Battalion
Born: Adelaide, South Australia, August 1894
Home Town: Ballarat, Central Highlands, Victoria
Schooling: Humffray St Primary, Agricultural High School & Melbourne University
Occupation: Student
Died: Monthrehain, Killed In Action, France, 5 October 1918
Cemetery: Ramicourt British Cemetery, France
Row C, Grave No. 16
Memorials: Alfredton Humffray Street State School Roll of Honor, Ballarat Golden Point State School
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World War 1 Service

14 Jun 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 2040, 24th Infantry Battalion
26 Aug 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 2040, 24th Infantry Battalion
26 Aug 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 2040, 24th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Anchises, Melbourne
26 Aug 1916: Honoured Mention in Dispatches, Battle for Pozières , Mentioned for good gallant conduct in connection with hard fighting at Pozieres
24 Jan 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 24th Infantry Battalion
5 Feb 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal, 24th Infantry Battalion
31 Jul 1918: Honoured Military Cross, "The Last Hundred Days", 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.
5 Oct 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 24th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed

John Foster GEAR was born in Adelaide, South Australia in 1894

His parents were James & Sarah Jane GEAR