Alfred Seymour SHEPHERD DSO, MC

SHEPHERD, Alfred Seymour

Service Number: Officer
Enlisted: 8 September 1915, Warwick Farm, New South Wales
Last Rank: Second Lieutenant
Last Unit: Royal Flying Corps
Born: Nowra, New South Wales, Australia, 13 April 1893
Home Town: Petersham, Marrickville, New South Wales
Schooling: Bomaderry School and Sydney University, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Civil Engineer
Died: Killed In Action, France, 20 July 1917, aged 24 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Arras Flying Services Memorial
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World War 1 Service

8 Sep 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, Warwick Farm, New South Wales
1 Dec 1915: Promoted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 30th Infantry Battalion
16 Jan 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 30th Infantry Battalion
11 Mar 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Lieutenant, Officer, 30th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Orsova, Sydney
11 Mar 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 30th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
24 May 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 46th Infantry Battalion
23 Oct 1916: Transferred Second Lieutenant, Royal Flying Corps
20 Jul 1917: Involvement Second Lieutenant, Royal Flying Corps, Warneton
Date unknown: Honoured Military Cross
Date unknown: Honoured Companion of the Distinguished Service Order

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Captain Alfred Seymour Shepherd, DSO, MC, of the R.F.C. special reserve, was reported missing on July 20th, 1917, and latterly was reported killed in aerial action on that date. He was the son of the late James Shepherd of Nowra, and Mrs. Emma Shepherd of Petersham, He was educated at Bomaderry School, where he obtained a scholarship. After passing through the High School, he entered the University of Sydney, graduating with honors as bachelor of engineering. On enlisting he entered camp as sergeant, and two weeks later was drafted to the officers' school, where he gained his commission. In March, 1916, he emnarked as O.C. of the 4th Reinforcements of the 30th Battalion, and on reaching France was given command of a salvage corps. Later, He entered the R.F.C., and was for a time known as the "Lone Hand Flyer" of Australia. He won his M.C. in July, 1917, for dispersing a rocket battery and attacking a balloon. Other acts of gallantry and devotion to duty brought him the D.S.O. On one occasion to which reference was made in the 'Gazette," he fought for nearly an hour with surrounding enemies. Within a month he brought down seven hostile machines, and for this he was mentioned in despatches by Sir Douglas Haig. His promotion to the rank of captain was in recognition of his work in the field. Mrs. Shepherd has just received word that her son's medals will be presented shortly at a parade of troops to be arranged for the occasion.

The Kiama Independant Saturday 20 July 1918 page 2

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

Military Cross (MC) 2nd Lt. Alfred Seymour Shepherd, R.F.C., Spec. Res.

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. While on balloon attack he came under heavy fire from a rocket battery. He attacked this battery from a low altitude, silencing it, and dispersing the gunners. He then returned to the attack on a balloon, and fired all his ammunition, and though his machine was badly hit, crossed the line at 100 feet.-Supplement to the London Gazette, 16 August 1917 (30234/8382)

Distinguished Service Order (DSO) 2nd Lt. Alfred Seymour Shepherd, M.C., R.F.C., Spec. Res.

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty on numerous occasions when engaged in combat with hostile aircraft. Though surrounded by enemy machines, he continued to fight for nearly an hour with the utmost gallantry and determination against two hostile formations, finally bringing down one of the enemy out of control. Within a month he brought down seven hostile machines completely out of control.-Supplement to the London Gazette, 17 September 1917 (30287/9557)

Scoring ten confirmed victories, all of Shepherd’s victims flew the Albatros D.III. On the evening of 20 July 1917, Shepherd was killed in action when his Nieuport  of 29 Squadron was shot down by an Albatros D.V flown by Alfred Niederhoff of Jasta 11.

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