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Thomas Henry SHEPHARD

Regimental number2778
Place of birthDerby, Tasmania
SchoolGeorge Street State School, Fitzroy, Victoria.
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationBlacksmith
Address60 McKean Street, North Fitzroy, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 4.75"
Weight119 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Ellen Shepard, 60 McKean Street, North Fitzroy, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed for 4 years in the 63rd Bn, Citizen Military Forces.
Enlistment date9 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 Battalion. 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 death22
Age at death from cemetery records22
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 22), Australian Cemetery, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
171
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John and Ellen Shephard of 60 McKean Street, North Fitzroy, Victoria.
Family/military connectionsBrothers: 2776 Pte George Arnold SHEPHARD, 60th Bn, killed in action, 19 July 1916; 2777 Pte John Ernest SHEPHARD, 60th Bn, died of illness, 12 July 1916.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Allotted to and proceeded to join 58th Bn, 23 February 1916.

Transferred to and taken on strength of 50th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 15 March 1916.

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.

Red Cross File No. 2480313L: 'Informant [1258 Pte ALLISON, 6 July 1917: cannot be identified] siad Tom Shephard was in D Coy. 14 Plat. 5 Section and after the Fromelles Attack in July last Pte Stan. Ronalds of the same Plat. and still with the Battn. told informant he saw Shephard killed in No Mans [sic] Land during the attack.'

Note, Red Cross File No 2480313: 'No trace Germany[.] Cert. by Capt. Mills 10-10-19.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsSurname incorrectly recorded on Embarkation Roll as SHEPPARD.
SourcesNAA: B2455, SHEPHARD Thomas Henry
Red Cross File No 2480313

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