Sgt Vear Kenneth William

  • Year of birth: 1893
  • Place of birth: Burwood, Victoria
  • Date of death: 03/10/1917
  • Place of death: Vampir Farm, Belgium
  • Cause of death: Killed in action (K.I.A.)
  • Age: 24
  • Profession: Orchardist
  • Country: Australia
  • Rank: Sergeant
  • Service number: 513
  • Enlistment date: 18/01/1916
  • Enlistment place: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • Last known unit: Australian Infantry, 37th Bn.
  • Force: Australian Imperial Force

Cemetery

Additional information

Sergeant Kenneth William was part of the B Company, 37th Australiain Infantry AIF (10th Brigade, 3rd Australian Division). He was appointed corporal in April 1916, after which he left for England in June. He was promoted Lance corporal in November 1916 upon his arrival in France. In March 1917, he was promoted Sergeant.
During the Battle of Messines (7/9 June 1917) Sergeant Vear was wounded in action (gun shot wound to the cheek). He was brought to a casualty clearing station and later admitted to the 56th General Hospital in Etaples. He re-joined his unit on the 10th August.
On 3th October, Sergeant Vear, together with other commanding officers, went to inspect the area in which they were to attack the following day. It is also possible that he was laying tapes. On 4 October 1917 the 37th Battalion was to participate in the Battle of Broodseinde, a phase of the Battle of Passchendaele. The Battalion would be formed up just North of what used to be the village of Zonnebeke. It took up positions roughly between Dochy Farm and Levi Cottages and was to advance through Judah House, Springfield, Seine and Beecham towards Tyne Cot.
Sergeant Vear was hit by a sniper- or stray bullet, schrapnell ball or a fragmentation in his abdomen. He was buried in the field. His report of death states that this was at D.26.a.30.50. This one on the K-track in the advance to the assembly area of the 37th Bn troops in the night of 03 to 04 Oct 1917 is the presumed correct one as the other coordinates are not in the area of responsibility of the 37th Bn.
The burial return sheet states that the body was found at 28 D 26 c. 80. 40, which is situated under the Ieper-Roeselare road and railway track and was not part of the area of responsibility of the 37th Battalion.