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Regimental number174
Place of birthCoffs Harbour, New South Wales
SchoolDorrigo Public School, New South Wales
ReligionSalvation Army
OccupationFarm labourer
AddressDorrigo, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinFather, W Shephard, Dorrigo, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date4 December 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll14 December 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name33rd Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/50/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A74 Marathon on 4 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll33rd Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour Circular"Went into camps at Armidale in December 1915, transferred Rutherford in March 1916, sailed in May. Went into training at Lark Hill, England and crossed over to France, 21 November 1916. Wounded in May, spending three weeks in hospital. He rejoined the Battalion on 3 June 1917 and went into action on 6 June. Killed on 9 June 1917 within sight of Messines Ridge, Belgium." [Mother: E.F. Shephard of Dorrigo, NSW]
FateKilled in Action 9 June 1917
Place of death or woundingMessines, Belgium
Age at death20.8
Age at death from cemetery records20
Place of burialToronto Avenue Cemetery (Row A, Grave 27), Warneton, Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William and Ellen SHEPHARD, Dorrigo, New South Wales. Native of Coff's Harbour, New South Wales
Family/military connectionsCousins: Privates George and Ernest DAVIS, of Clarence River, who were both killed in June 1917 within sight of Messines Ridge, Belgium.
Other detailsWar service: France, Belgium

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