William James Sears, the son of Maud and James Sears, of Ibstone, Buckinghamshire, enlisted into The Border Regiment, and volunteered for airborne forces.
Private Sears successfully completed parachute training on course 130 at RAF Ringway from 21 August to 2 September 1944. He was posted to 13th (Lancashire) Parachute Battalion.
He took part in the 6th Airborne Division response to the German counter-offensive in the Ardennes, during Winter 1944-5.
Pte Sears was killed in action on 4 January 1945, aged 29, and was buried in Bure, Tellin, (Belgium) temporary burial ground. He was later reinterred in Hotton War Cemetery on 21 May 1947.
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