William MEARS


MEARS, William

Service Number: 6534
Enlisted: 15 May 1916, Sydney, New South Wales
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 1st Infantry Battalion
Born: Grays, England, 1883
Home Town: Leichhardt, Leichhardt, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Locomotive Engine driver
Died: Killed in Action, Belgium, 2 October 1917
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Leichhardt War Memorial, Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient)
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World War 1 Service

15 May 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 6534, Sydney, New South Wales
7 Oct 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 6534, 1st Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
7 Oct 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 6534, 1st Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ceramic, Sydney
2 Oct 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 6534, 1st Infantry Battalion, Polygon Wood

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Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

The Grays and Tilbury Gazette of 10th November 1917 reported that the nephew of Mrs Sadler of 5 Grange Road had been killed in action. He was 34, and not 32 as the newspaper reported, and had emigrated just before the outbreak of war in August 1914. He left a widow, Elvina Apter Mears, of 79, Rofe St., Leichhardt, NSW and two children.

He was the son of William and Elizabeth Urina Mears (nee Henry).

Although the CWGC records are not certain about the precise date of death, his comrades witnessed that he had been felled by Machine Gun fire near Polygon Wood on 4th October.

Births Sep 1883   Mears William Orsett 4a 293