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Henry Metcalfe SHEPHERD

Regimental number6082
Place of birthPeebles, Scotland
SchoolOfficer's College, Tasmania
Other trainingTrained in surveying and engineering.
Age on arrival in Australia5
Addressc/o Mr T Petty, Woodhouse Road, Box Hill, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation36
Next of kinMother, Mrs A Shepherd, c/o Messrs. Williams And Heathfield, 230 Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria
Enlistment date21 January 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll21 March 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name7th Battalion, 19th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/24/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on 28 July 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll37th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularHis place of death is not known, however, his mother, Alice Shepherd of East Melbourne, believed that he died at an outpost called Caesar's Farm. "Henry Metcalfe Shepherd was great grandson of Captain Alexander Murray, who left England in 1827 in command of the first regiment to go to Tasmania, where he was stationed until his death in 1835. He received a grant of land in New Norfolk and built the residence "Murray Hall". He was a close friend of Sir Robert Officer, then Doctor Officer. Captain Murray, at the siege of Bhustpore, India, in 1826, was the first to ascend the breach and received many trophies, some of which he presented to the Edinburgh museum. Captain Murray was of the Athol family." HenryShepherd, 37th Battalion, died of wounds on 7 March 1917.
FateDied of wounds 7 March 1917
Place of death or woundingCaesar's Farm
Age at death38
Age at death from cemetery records38
Place of burialWimereux Communal Cemetery (Plot II, Row E, Grave NO. 14), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Paretns: Henry and Alice SHEPHERD, Hotham House, 175 Hotham Street, East Melbourne, Victoria. Native of Peebles, Scotland
Family/military connectionsCousin: Commander John Metcalfe Jackson, who captured the German yacht "Comet" in New Guinea waters in 1914. Commander Jackson was the son of Reverend Harrold W. Jackson, of Lincolnshire, England and came to Australia in 1900 as a Midshipman. A reference to the capture of the "Comet" by Commander Jackson and of his death appeared in the "Argus" personal column, 21 August 1918.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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