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Alexander George SHEARER

Regimental number4241
Place of birthWick Scotland
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationMotor mechanic
Address548 New Canterbury Road, Dulwich Hill, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation35
Next of kinWife, Mrs M Shearer, 548 New Canterbury Road, Dulwich Hill, New South Wales
Enlistment date5 December 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll8 October 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name18th Battalion, 10th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/35/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A15 Star Of England on 8 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll18th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 28 August 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'On September 20th 1917 near WESTHOEK this N.C.O. led his men forward to the attack close to our barrage, mopped up strong points of the enemy before they were able to show fight, undoubtedly saving many casualties thereby. On reaching the final objective he pushed on with a small patrol and gained valuable information. He visited his post under heavy shell fire in order to ascertain if they were safe. His example throughout the whole action was that of great soldierly quality. he has on previous occasions done very valuable work.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Bar to Military Medal

'For gallantry and devotion to duty during the operations on MT. ST. QUENTIN, near PERONNE, on 31st August 1918. His platoon was holding an isolated position on the flank. The enemy had established a strong post which, with bombs, rifle and machine gun fire, was endangering the situation. Corporal SHEARER, placed a lewis gun in a position to bring fire on the enemy posts. He then moved up an old sap to the enemy post and after bombing it, rushed forward alone and killed the whole of the garrison. It was due to his courage and initiative that the enemy post was cleared and his platoon saved number of casualties.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 75
Date: 17 June 1919

Bar to Military Medal

'For gallantry and devotion to duty during the operations on MT. ST. QUENTIN, near PERONNE, on 31st August 1918. His platoon was holding an isolated position on the flank. The enemy had established a strong post which, with bombs, rifle and machine gun fire, was endangering the situation. Corporal SHEARER, placed a lewis gun in a position to bring fire on the enemy posts. He then moved up an old sap to the enemy post and after bombing it, rushed forward alone and killed the whole of the garrison. It was due to his courage and initiative that the enemy post was cleared and his platoon saved number of casualties.'

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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