Eric John (Jack) SHEPHERD MM

Badge Number: S10367, Sub Branch: Goodwood
S10367

SHEPHERD, Eric John

Service Number: 8381
Enlisted: 7 September 1915, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 2nd Field Artillery Brigade
Born: Hindmarsh, South Australia, 19 June 1894
Home Town: Mount Gambier, Mount Gambier, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Student
Died: Natural causes, Adelaide, South Australia, 31 August 1967, aged 73 years
Cemetery: Dudley Park Cemetery
Memorials: Adelaide High School Honour Board, Adelaide University of Adelaide WW1 Honour Roll, Mount Gambier RSL Pictorial Honour Roll, South Australian Education Department Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

7 Sep 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 8381, Adelaide, South Australia
22 Nov 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Gunner, SN 8381, 6th Field Artillery Brigade , --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '4' embarkation_place: Melbourne embarkation_ship: HMAT Persic embarkation_ship_number: A34 public_note: ''
22 Nov 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Gunner, SN 8381, 6th Field Artillery Brigade , Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
14 Sep 1917: Honoured Military Medal, Third Ypres, On the 14th September, 1917, at ZILLEBEKE, the 18th Battery position was heavily shelled from 3 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. with 5.9" and 8". At 3.36 p.m. an ammunition dump alongside No. 1 gun was hit and it and the gun pit caught fire. These men [8360 M.A. COCKER, 8381 D.D. BRADBURY, (8381) Lt E.J. SHEPHERD, (10762) Lt L. CARTHEW] on Lieutenant DODD calling for a party rushed out of the shelter trench in the face of the heavy fire and with water from adjacent shell holes succeeded in putting it out. Later the pit was again hit and it and the ammunition and an adjacent pit caught fire. These men again went out with Lieutenant DODD in the face of the shelling and succeeded in saving the guns and ammunition. They displayed great gallantry and determination in the face of very considerable danger.'
5 Dec 1918: Promoted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 6th Field Artillery Brigade
2 Mar 1920: Discharged AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 2nd Field Artillery Brigade

Awarded the Military Medal

On the 14th September, 1917, at ZILLEBEKE, the 18th Battery position was heavily shelled from 3 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. with 5.9" and 8". At 3.36 p.m. an ammunition dump alongside No. 1 gun was hit and it and the gun pit caught fire. These men [8360 M.A. COCKER, 8381 D.D. BRADBURY, (8381) Lt E.J. SHEPHERD, (10762) Lt L. CARTHEW] on Lieutenant DODD calling for a party rushed out of the shelter trench in the face of the heavy fire and with water from adjacent shell holes succeeded in putting it out. Later the pit was again hit and it and the ammunition and an adjacent pit caught fire. These men again went out with Lieutenant DODD in the face of the shelling and succeeded in saving the guns and ammunition. They displayed great gallantry and determination in the face of very considerable danger.' Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

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