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Eric John SHEPHERD

Regimental number8381
Date of birth19 June 1894
Place of birthHindmarsh, South Australia
SchoolHindmarsh Public School, South Australia
ReligionMethodist
OccupationStudent
AddressPenola Road, Mount Gambier, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMother, Mrs Ida Elizabeth Shepherd, Penola Road, Mount Gambier, South Australia
Enlistment date7 September 1915
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 6, Battery 18
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/34/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A34 Persic on 22 November 1915
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll6th Field Artillery Brigade
FateEffective abroad (still overseas)
Medals

Military Medal

'On the 14th September, 1917, at ZILLEBEKE, the 18th Battery position was heavily shelled from 3 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. with 5.9" and 8". At 3.36 p.m. an ammunition dump alongside No. 1 gun was hit and it and the gun pit caught fire. These men [8360 M.A. COCKER, 8381 D.D. BRADBURY, (8381) Lt E.J. SHEPHERD, (10762) Lt L. CARTHEW] on Lieutenant DODD calling for a party rushed out of the shelter trench in the face of the heavy fire and with water from adjacent shell holes succeeded in putting it out. Later the pit was again hit and it and the ammunition and an adjacent pit caught fire. These men again went out with Lieutenant DODD in the face of the shelling and succeeded in saving the guns and ammunition. They displayed great gallantry and determination in the face of very considerable danger.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Family/military connectionsBrother: 2243 Pte Horace Reginald SHEPHERD, 48th Bn, killed in action, Bullecourt, 11 April 1917.
Other details

War Service: Egypt, Sinai, France

Son of Charles Robert and Ida Elizabeth Shepherd of Mt. Gambier
Date of death31 August 1967 7
Age at death73
Place of burialDudley Park Cemetery, Adelaide, South Australia

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