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John F. Gear

2nd Lieutenant

24th Battalion

Killed In Action (KIA) Killed In Action

Medals Earned

  • British War Medal
  • 1914-15 Star
  • Victory Medal
  • Military Cross

Tree Information

  • Species: Populus Canadensis
  • Planted By: Miss R. Bailey
  • Plaque: 691

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Biography

John Foster Gear was a Lieutenant in the 24th Infantry Battalion. He was awarded the Military Cross, and a Mention in Despatches for outstanding bravery under fire. He had been born in Adelaide SA, but enlisted from Ballarat East. He was single, 20 years old and attending School of Mines as a student. His citation reading: '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 ├ŽNo 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.' On October 5th 1918, in what proved to be the last major Australian action of the war, Gear was killed in action during the liberation of Montbrehain.
Tree No. 691

Location in Ballarat Avenue of Honour