William Grear was born in Mobberley in 1889, one of five children born to John (a grocerâ€™s assistant) and Elizabeth Grear of 7, Chapel Grove, Mobberley. They emigrated to Australia, where he became a farmer, and lived at â€˜Brightonâ€™, Station Street, Bowral, N.S.W..
All Mrs Grearâ€™s sons joined up â€“ four went into the army and one into the navy. One of his brothers was killed at Gallipoli.
He enlisted in the 45th Battalion of the Australian Infantry as Private no. 218, attesting on the 23rd March 1916. He rose to the rank of Lance Corporal on the 22nd June 1917.
William was accidentally wounded on the left side of his scalp on the 17th March 1917 during live grenade practice. The was wounded in action on the 7th June the same year, when he received a gunshot wound to his buttocks.
William was killed in action on the 14th October 1917, having received severe injuries to his thigh, arm and leg. He died at the 3rd Canadian Casualty Clearing Station.
He is listed in the London Gazette of 26.4.17 stating that he had been awarded the Military Medal.
Researched and compiled by Tony Davies.