George Joseph SHEPPERD MM

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SHEPPERD, George Joseph

Service Number: 589
Enlisted: 18 March 1915, Roma, Queensland
Last Rank: Second Lieutenant
Last Unit: 26th Infantry Battalion
Born: Drayton, Queensland, 28 December 1892
Home Town: Drayton, Toowoomba, Queensland
Schooling: Toowoomba Grammar School
Occupation: School teacher
Died: Killed in Action, France, 3 July 1918, aged 25 years
Cemetery: Adelaide Cemetery Villers-Bretonneux
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Toowoomba Grammar School HB2, Toowoomba HR1
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World War 1 Service

18 Mar 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 589, Roma, Queensland
24 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 589, 26th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
24 May 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 589, 26th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ascanius, Brisbane
21 Nov 1915: Wounded Private, SN 589, 26th Infantry Battalion, ANZAC Gallipoli, GSW (left eye)
2 Mar 1917: Wounded Sergeant, SN 589, 26th Infantry Battalion, German Withdrawal to Hindenburg Line and Outpost Villages, 2nd occasion - GSW (right arm)
4 Oct 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 589, 26th Infantry Battalion, Broodseinde Ridge
1 Jun 1918: Promoted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 26th Infantry Battalion
3 Jul 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 26th Infantry Battalion, "Peaceful Penetration - Low-Cost, High-Gain Tactics on the Western Front"

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Biography

George Joseph SHEPPERD was born on 28th December, 1892 in Drayton, Queensland

His parents were Samuel George SHEPPERD and Annie Mary McCLEVERTY

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"...2nd Lieutenant George Joseph Shepperd, MM, 26th Battalion, AIF, of Mount Clarendon Drayton, Qld. 2nd Lt Shepperd enlisted as 589 Private Shepperd on 18 March 1915 and embarked from Brisbane aboard HMAT Ascanius on 24 May 1916. He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and awarded the Military Medal on 14 October 1917 for his part in the attack on Broodseinde Ridge, and heading the first party to reach the final objective despite being severely shaken and dazed by a shell explosion. He was killed in action on 3 July 1918, in France, aged 25." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)

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