Archibald Shepherd

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Archibald Shepherd
Shepherd brothers.jpg
The four Shepherd Brothers Archie rear right ?
The Westralian Battalion, N Browning, page 209
Personal Information
Date of Birth c1889
Place of Birth Rustington, England
Death 4 Jul 1956
Place of Death Safety Bay, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 27 years, 1 month
Description 5'9¼" (1.76m) tall ; 150lbs
68.039 kg
; fair complexion ; grey eyes ; brown hair
Occupation Brickmaker
Religion Church of England
Address Horgan street, Cottesloe Beach, Western Australia
Next of Kin Wife , Mrs Evangaline Matilda Shepherd
Military Information
Reg Number 2038
Date of Enlistment 28 Mar 1916
Rank Private
Unit/Formation 44th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
Date of Embarkation 10 Oct 1916 ‒ 2 Dec 1916
Ship Embarked On HMAT A23 Suffolk Fremantle to Plymouth
Date of Return 14 Jan 1919 ‒ 18 Feb 1919
Ship Returned On SS City of York
Fate WIA 9 Jun 1917 Messines Ridge
Monument Gosnells Road Board Honour Roll
Medals British War Medal
Victory Medal

Pre War

Possibly a worker at the Maddington wood fired brickworks as he moved back to this area post war and he and his brother Ephraim continued to make bricks.

War Service

Archibald entered the Blackboy Hill camp on 28 Mar 1916, and on 17 Apr 1916 was allocated to the 20th reinforcement draft for the 11th Battalion. A Month later he was transferred to the NCO's School from 3 May to 20 Jun 1916, after which he emerged as an Acting Corporal and was reallocated to the 3rd reinforcement draft for the 44th Battalion, travelling with them to England.

On arrival in England he was sent to the 11th Training Battalion at Codford to prepare for service on the Western Front. Archibald proceeded overseas to France on HMT Invicta from Folkestone on 4 Feb 1917. After a few days in the Divisional Base Depot, Archibald was taken on strength by the 44th Battalion on 8 Feb 1917 as they were coming out of the front lines near Armentieres. On joining them his Regimental No. was altered to 2038A.

Archibald was wounded in action on 9 Jun 1917 when the 44th Battalion attacked and took German positions on the Messines Ridge. They suffered few casualties taking the position but suffered more than 300 casualties holding on to it. Treated by the 77th Field Ambulance, he was sent back to the 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station the same day, he spent two days in a hospital at Wimereux before being assessed as needing to be sent to England.

He was evacuated to England aboard HMHS St David on 12 Jun 1917 with a shell wound to the right thigh, where he was admitted to the Northampton War Hospital the same day. On 29 Aug 1917 he was transferred to the 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital at Harefield. Granted furlough from 1 - 15 Sep 1917, he reported to No 2 Command Depot in Weymouth. On 23 Sep 1917 he was sent to the 3rd Command Depot in Hurdcott to be medically assessed for further involvement in the war.

Assessed as B1a2, B1a1, B1a2, and B1a4 and finally B2a over the next two months, he was sent to Sutton Veny to be a part of the Permanent Cadre, and on 27 Oct 1918, he was promoted Temporary Corporal.

Discharged at the 5th Military District on 29 May 1919

Post War

Evangaline died on 19 Jul 1988, aged 93 in Victoria Park.

Electoral Roll entries: 1931 - 1943 Dellar road Maddington, labourer; - 1949 Defence road, Safety Bay, brickmaker; 1954 at 328 Safety Bay road, retired.


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