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Those Who Came After The Original 500

James Gear
Service # 67275
Canadian Expeditionary Force ~ WW I
Cape Breton Highlanders ~ WW II

Sergeant James Edward Gear
James is in the middle of the photo wearing
his Cape Breton Highlanders uniform with ribbons.

Donated by William Anderson
Master Seaman, CD
Canadian Navy

No. 67275, Pte James Edward Gear was born 3rd Mar 1895 in Salmon Cove, Nfld, son of John and Eliza Gear.James was working in the Coal Mines of Glace Bay Cape Breton, NS with his father when War was declared.

He elected to join the war effort thru the Canadian Expeditionary Force vice Newfoundland Regiment and enlisted 18 Nov 1914 in Halifax, NS at the age of 19 yrs.

Medical records from his enlistment has him as 5' 6" 145 lbs, Light hair and a Methodist.

He was assigned to B Coy of the 25th Bat. NS, which along with the 22nd-24th-26th comprised the 5th Brigade of the 2nd Cdn Division (formed 25 May 1915).

Pte Gear, once the 2nd Cdn Division joined the 1st Cdn Division to form the Cdn Corps Sep 1915, served in France.

He survived WWI and returned to Halifax where he would marry Gertrude Boutilier. After starting a family, he moved to Florence (Green Hill) Cape Breton, NS where he served his country again in WWII as a Sergeant in The Cape Breton Highlanders.

My great-grandfather James passed away 6 Aug 1948 in Sydney Mines Cape Breton, NS age 53 yrs.

James Gear's Attestation Paper

James Gear's Medical Paper

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