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Regimental number2776
Place of birthPrahran, Victoria
SchoolGeorge Street State School, Fitzroy, Victoria.
ReligionChurch of Christ
Address60 McKean Street, North Fitzroy, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinFather, John Shephard, 60 McKean Street, North Fitzroy, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date2 August 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name23rd Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/40/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 27 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll60th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularThe three brothers all joined 60th Bn. George Arnold and Thomas Henry were both killed in action at Fleurbaix on the same day.
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFleurbaix, France
Age at death26
Age at death from cemetery records26
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 22), Australian Cemetery, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John and Ellen Shephard of 60 McKean Street, North Fitzroy, Victoria.
Family/military connectionsBrothers: 2777 Pte John Ernest SHEPHARD, 60th Bn, died of illness, 12 July 1916; 2778 Pte Thomas Henry Phillip SHEPHARD, 60th Bn, killed in action, 19 July 1916.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Allotted to and proceeded to join 58th Bn, 23 February 1916, and taken on strength, Tel el Kebir.

Transferred to 60th Bn, 15 March 1916, and taken on strength.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Reported Missing, 19 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 4 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsSurname entered incorrectly on Embarkation Roll as SHEPPARD.
SourcesNAA: B2455, SHEPHARD George

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