Mears, John

Service number:
245659
Nationality:
British (1801-present, Kingdom)

Biography

Promotions:
May 31st, 2nd Lieutenant;
June 1st, 1947: Lieutenant;
June 14th, 1948: Captain.

Career:
July 1st, 1959: commission relinquished, retaining rank of Honorary Captain.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Lieutenant
Unit:
Royal Tank Regiment, Royal Armoured Corps
Awarded on:
May 18th, 1943
Action:
Recommendation:
"At the Battle of Medenine 6th Mar 1943 this Officer Commanded a Tp of Heavy Tanks. He was ordered into a battle line poss. about 14.15 hrs to break up a concentration of eleven enemy tanks. He skilfully manoeuvred his Tp into a position behind the commanding ridge from which he brought the fire from his Troop to bear in an exceptionally short time. The speed and accuracy of the shooting was such that in the initial shoot five enemy tanks were knocked out in 12 mins. Lieut Mears then ordered one tank to engage two enemy MET, and directed the fire so that they were both knocked out. At a subsequent phase when his own tank had run out of A.P ammunition , Lieut Mears engaged an enemy tank with delayed action H.E and by manoeuvring for posn scored three direct hits, so damaging the enemy tank that it was put out of action. Throughout he day Lieut Mears conduct and leadership gave great inspiration to those under his command. He displayed throughout exceptional tactical skill and with the men under his command produced outstanding results from quick accurate gunnery."
Details:
WO 373/24/333
LG 36018/2207
Military Cross (MC)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Details:
With "8th ARMY" clasp.
Africa Star
Details:
With "Palestine 1945-48" clasp.
General Service Medal 1918-1962

Sources

  • Photo 1: Martin J. Mears
  • Photo: Martin J. Mears
  • - Supplement to The London Gazette Issue 35740 published on the 9 October 1942
    - Second Supplement to The London Gazette Issue 36018 published on the 14 May 1943
    - Second Supplement to The London Gazette Issue 37997 published on the 24 June 1947
    - Supplement to The London Gazette Issue 38475 published on the 7 December 1948
    - Supplement to The London Gazette Issue 42475 published on the 26 September 1961
    - Bosleys Military and Medal Auctioneers

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