George Joseph SHEPPERD MM

George Joseph Shepperd MM Photo:
Australian War Memorial
Birthplace
Drayton
Resided
Toowoomba
Occupation
School Teacher
Enlisted
18-May-1915
Place
Roma
Age
22
Status
Single
Service No
589
Rank
Private
Unit
26th Battalion, A Company
Embarked
24-May-1915
Place
Brisbane
Active Service
Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front
Highest rank
2nd Lieutenant
Honours and Awards
Military Medal
Fate
How Died
Killed in action
Date
03-July-1918
Place
Villers-Bretonneux, France
Cemetery or Memorial
Adelaide British Cemetery, Villers-Bretonneux, France
Notes

Name on ROH: G.J. SHEPPED

Also named on Toowoomba Mothers’ Memorial, Toowoomba Grammar School Roll of Honour, Drayton War Memorial and Roma War Memorial.

 

George Sheppard landed at Gallipoli in September 1915. In November he was wounded by shrapnel and evacuated to Cairo, re-joining his unit in France in April 1916. He was wounded again in March 1917, the day after his promotion to Sergeant, and evacuated to Reading War Hospital, re-joining his unit in July. In December 1917 he was selected for an officer training cadetship in England. In June 1918 he graduated as a 2nd Lieutenant and re-joined his unit in France. He was killed in action at Villers-Bretonneux 17 days later. He was 25.

 

Military Medal citation: "For gallantry and devotion to duty during the attack on Broodseinde on 4th October 1917. Early in this attack this N.C.O. was severely shaken and dazed by the explosion of a high explosive shell, but pulling himself together with great effort continued the attack with determination and headed the first party to reach the final objective. The spirit he displayed had a very fine effect on his men and certainly assisted greatly in making the attack a success." (Awarded 31 October 1917)