Private George Francis Fear was born in Cheltenham, the son of Abraham Fear, a JL brewer’s drayman and Maria (Stephens) of 36 Duke Street, and previously of Union Street, Fairview, Cheltenham.
Before the war he worked for the Cheltenham Gas Company
and enlisted in the 1/5th Btn. (Territorial) Gloucestershire Regt. in December 1913. He was drafted to France on the 29th, March 1915 and was wounded in the accidental explosion of a hand grenade on the 6th May 1915. In this incident, the finger of an officer became embedded in his arm and he was sent to a Red Cross Hospital in Stourport to recover.
Having originally served in E Coy, he was moved to C Coy with the reorganisation of the battalion and returned to France in February 1916. He was killed just after the capture of Ovillers during the battle of Bazentin, Somme sector, has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.
Submitted by Private Fear’s niece and nephew, Mrs Margaret Corbin and Mr David Locke.