** NEW ** Military Medal George V with 2nd award clasp to 4241 Cpl. A. G. Shearer, 18/Aust. Inf.; WWI War Medal to 4241 Cpl. A.G. Shearer, 13-BN., A.I.F.
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M.M. Gazetted 12 Dec 1917:

"On 20th September, near Westhoek, this non-commissioned officer led his men forward to the attack close to our baggage, mopped up strong points of the enemy before they were able to show fight, undoubtedly leaving many casualties thereby. On reaching the final objective he pushed on with a small patrol and gained valuable information. He visited his post under heavy shellfire in order to ascertain if they were safe. His example throughout the whole action was that of great soldierly quality. He has on previous occasions done very valuable work."

M.M. Second Award Bar Gazetted 11 Feb 1919:

"For gallantry and devotion to duty during the operations on Mt. St. Quentin, near Peronne on 31st August 1918. His platoon was holding an isolated position on the flank. The enemy had established a strong post which, with bombs, rifle and machine gun fire, placed a Lewis gun in a position to bring fire on the enemy post and after bombing it rushed forward alone and killed the whole of the Garrison. It was due to his initiative that the enemy post was cleared and his platoon saved a number of casualties."

Alexander George Shearer was born in Wick, Scotland, enlisting in the Australian Imperial Force on 3 Nov 1915, and serving on the Western Front from 1916. He distinguished himself whilst serving with the 18th Australian Infantry Battalion near Westhoek, Ypres on 20 Sep 1917, and for a second time during the Battle of Mont Saint Quentin on the Somme on 31 Aug 1918. Four Australians were awarded the Victoria Cross for their gallantry during the latter battle.

Shearer returned to Australia in August 1919, and was discharged in December of the same year.