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Regimental number1613
Place of birthColchester, Essex, England
SchoolCulver Steet, Colchester Higher Grade School, Essex, England
Age on arrival in Australia14
OccupationFarm hand
AddressTongala, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinMother, Mrs Elizabeth A Shepard, Tongala, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil.
Enlistment date3 December 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name5th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/22/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A54 Runic on 19 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularAlexander John Shepard was a member of the 1st Essex Boys Scouts.
FateKilled in Action 7 November 1915
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)*Given name John
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Age at death from cemetery records19
Place of burialShell Green Cemetery (Plot II, Row F, Grave No. I), Gallipoli, Turkey
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
SERVED AS SHEPARD, John. Parents: Charles and Elizabeth SHEPARD, Murchison, Victoria. Native of Colchester, England
Family/military connectionsOne of three brothers, all of whom enlisted during the first year of the war.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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