589 Gunner Thomas James Shepherd WIA, DOW
1st Division Ammunition Column &
2nd Field Artillery Battery
1st Australian Imperial Force 1914-1919

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The following information and chronological table are a summary of the entries from the service record of 589 Driver Thomas James Shepherd who was wounded in action (WIA), died of those wounds (DOW) and was buried at sea.

Note that some of the service record entries may be duplicated, reflecting different reporting streams for various administrative elements. Some pages may also be duplicated, reflecting the amalgamation of unit and hedquarter records on finalisation of his service.

Service Numbers were allocated on a Unit basis and are therefore not unique to an individual.

Both Thomas and his brother were drivers in elements of the 1st Division Artillery, and I have no idea why Thomas' rank was Driver (Dvr) and Amos' was a Gunner (Gnr).

Prepared for Paul Shepherd, great-nephew of Thomas Shepherd by Clive Mitchell-Taylor - 19 June 2018.

View Thomas Shepherd's Service Record, his entry on the Embarkation Roll,or his entry on the Roll of Honour. All three files are in PDF format.


Enlistment Details

Service Number

589

Name

Thomas James Shepherd

Born at

Parish of Summer Corner, near Bathurst, County of New South Wales, Australia

Age

23 years and 0 months (as at 31 Aug 1914 - birth dates not actually recorded)

Trade or Calling

Labourer

Apprentice

12 months with Rivett of Kelso, blacksmith

British Subject

Natural born

Marital Status

Unmarried

Next of Kin

Father - Mr Thomas Shepherd, 224 Durham Street, Bathurst, NSW

Previous Military Service

No

Discharged with Ignominy

No

Attested at

Sydney, NSW

Date of Enlistment

31 August 1914

Height

5 foot 9-1/2 inches [176.5 cm]

Weight

9 stone 8 pounds [138 pounds or 61 Kg]

Chest

36 inches [91.5 cm]

Eyes

Brown

Hair

Red

Religious Denomination

Church of England

Units

1st Division Artillery, Ammunition Column &
2nd Field Artillery Battery


Chronological Events

Rank

Description

Date

Remarks

Driver

Embarked from 2nd Military District (NSW) on Transport ship "ARGYLLSHIRE" (A8)

18 Oct 1914

Driver

Transferred from Ammunition Column to 2nd Field Artillery Battery, Egypt, as Driver

23 Feb 15

 

Driver

Landed with unit on Gallipoli peninsula

26 Apr 1915

Can be presumed to have landed on the Gallipoli peninsula with that unit on the 26th of April 1915. The 2nd Battery, less one section, was landed that night, but re-embarked, less one gun. The remaining guns were landed on the 26th. Although there is no mention of the number of wounded in the 2nd Field Artillery Battery Commander's Diary, I suspect that Thomas was wounded on or about the 25th of May and died of wounds on the 7th of June. This may go some way to explaining his brother Amos Cooper Shepherd's out of character behaviour which then followed.

Driver

Wounded in Action (gunshot wound to abdomen).

Late June 1915

Exact date not known and unable to be identified from the unit Commander's Diary, but possibly the 25th of May, as some casualties were taken that day, but were not named.

Driver

Died of wounds aboard Hospital Ship TS "SOUDAN".

7 Jun 1915

Driver

Buried at sea.

9 Jun 1915

Driver Thomas James Shepherd who died on Monday, June 7, 1915 is commemorated on the Lone Pine Memorial, Panel Number 11.

Driver

Report from OC Records Section, Alexandria that Driver T.J. Shepherd did not leave a will in his Paybook, Small Book or as a separate document.

27 Jun 1915

Driver

Statement of War Pension Claim advising that Mrs Jane Shepherd was granted 39 pounds per annum from 20 Jun 1915.

30 Sep 1915

Driver

Report from Staff Paymaster to Headquarters 2nd Military District enclosing the paybooks of members including Dvr T.J. Shepherd.

2 Dec 1915

Driver

Receipt for Effects of Deceased Officer or Other Ranks, Driver T.J. Shepherd, being a purse containing one coin. Signed by Australian Records Section, Mediteranian Expeditionary Force (MEF).

9 Dec 1915

Driver

Thos Cook & Son receipt for one package, being the personal effects of Dver TJ Shepherd signed by Mrs T Shepherd

22 Jan 1916

Driver

Inventory of Effects, being one brown paper parcel, for Gnr [sic] T.J. Shepherd. Annotated with the word "Photos."

4 Feb 1916

Driver

Thos Cook & Son receipt for one package, being the effects of Gnr T Shepherd [sic] signed by Mrs T Shepherd

19 Mar 1916

Driver

Letter from Officer in Charge, Base Records, to father, Thomas Shepherd, concerning the death of his son, Driver T.J. Shepherd, advising that he died of wounds received in action at Gallipoli, aboard HMTS "SOUDAN" on 7 June 1915

5 Apr 1916

Driver

Mrs T. Shepherd makes application to the Officer in Charge of Base Records, for the effects of her two sons.

10 Apr 1916

See subsequent responses.

Driver

Letter to Commandant, Australian Imperial Force Headquarters, Egypt, enclosing an extract of a letter from Mrs Shepherd concerning her sone kit and requesting that it be forwarded to Base Records for onforwarding.

18 Apr 1916

Driver

Letter to Mrs T Shepherd, concerning the personal effects of her sons. None were located for A.C. Shepherd and those of T.J, Shepherd have been despatched and will be forwarded when received. A copy of this letter letter is on AC Shepherd's file.

18 Apr 1916

Driver

Letter from AIF Headquarters to Dept of Defence, Melbourne, concerning the personal effects of 3135 Gunner A.C. Shepherd and 589 Driver T.J. Shepherd, noting that parcels were despatched via "NESTOR" on 4 Feb 1916 and "DEMOSTHENES" on 18 Mar 1916.

14 Jul 1916

Driver

Advice to Mrs Jane Shepherd of 224 Durham Street, Bathurst, that the pension of 1 pound 10 shillings per fortnight in respect of her son, had been increased to 2 pounds per fortnight.

15 Mar 1917

Driver

Letter from Officer in Charge, Base Records, to Mrs J Shepherd, asking to confirm the status of her husband and asking for his name and address if still alive. [This for the purpose of issuing the medals, an arrangement previously agreed by husband and wife.]

7 Jul 1920

May not have been received, see next entry.

Driver

Letter from Officer in Charge, Base Records, to Headquarters 2nd Military District, advising that a letter sent to Mrs J Shepherd of 22 Durham Street, Bathurst, New South Wales, requesting advice as whether the father of the late Driver T.J. Shepherd was still living, had not been answered. The writer requests the recipient to obtain the information in order that the war medals of the deceased may be issue.

8 Sep 1920

Rank

Description

Date

Remarks

Driver

Report by Sgt MM Ryan, Provost Marshall's Office, that he has interviewed Mr Thomas Shepherd, father of the deceased soldier, who advised that his son was a single man, and he was desirous of obtaining the war medals and decorations awarded to his late son, and the King's War Certificate. He also interviewed Mrs Shepherd, who produced a statement of account of the late soldier, showing that she had received all monies due to him, including deferred pay, and advised him that she was satisfied that her husband is most entitled to receive the War Medals.

22 Oct 1920

Driver

Father, Thomas Shepherd makes claim for the medals of his son, 589 Driver T.J. Shepherd.

22 Oct 1920

Driver

Receipt for Memorial Scroll signed by father, Thomas Shepherd

24 Jun 1921

Driver

Receipt for Victory Medal signed by Jane Shepherd

28 Jun 1922

Driver

Letter from Mrs Jane Shepherd of Darling Street, Glebe, advising that she had signed the receipt for the Victory Medal in the absence of her husband, and asking for advice concerning the Memorial Plaque.

28 Jun 1922

Driver

Letter from Officer in Charge, Base Records, acknowledging application for Memorial Plaque in respect of the late 589 Driver T.J. Shepherd, stating that the plaque will be forwarded to her husband in due course.

30 Jun 1922

Driver

Receipt for Memorial Plaque signed by father, Thomas Shepherd

27 Jul 1922


Medals awarded

1914-1915 Star
British War Medal 1914-1920
Victory Medal

Dress Embellishments

One Wound Stripes for June 1916
One Long Service Stripes
One Overseas Service Chevrons

Rising Sun Badge - 1st and 2nd AIF

World War One medal set


L to R - 1914-15 Star, War Medal 1914-1920, Victory Medal

Unit Shoulder Patch
1st Division Artillery
1st Division Artillery Shoulder Patch

Entitled to wear
ANZAC 'A' on Shoulder Patch
ANZAC A

Background - 1st Field Artillery Brigade
[Information from https://rslvirtualwarmemorial.org.au]

The 1st Field Artillery Brigade formed in Australia prior to embarkation in late 1914 to support the newly raised 1st Division.

It went on to serve in ANZAC: Defence of ANZAC, Egypt: Defence of Egypt, Western Front: Pozieres, Retreat to the Hindenburg Line, Bullecourt, Messines, Menin Road, Polygon Wood, Passchendaele, Ancre, Villers Bretonneux, Hamel, Amiens, Albert, Hindenburg Line.

Napoleon Bonaparte famously described Artillery as "the God of War" because of the effect that its fire can bring to bear on the battlefield. In WW 1 on the Western Front, artillery dominated and defined the battlefield. In concert with the weather, it turned the terrain into the pulverised devastated quagmire that is so synonomous with that period and place.

Artillery inflicted the most casualties and battle space damage and instilled the most fear among opposing forces. Its effect was both physical and psychological, with the term 'shell shock' coming into general use early in the war. Artillery required a Herculean logistic effort to keep ammunition up to the guns from manufacture to the gun line. It was also a very dangerous occupation, attracting the attention of the enemy, the general result of which was 'counter battery fire' designed to neutralise and destroy gun positions and ammunition.

At the outbreak of the War, Australian Artillery was in short supply in both quantitative and qualitative terms. The standard 'fire unit' of artillery is a Battery comprising variously four to six guns described as light medium or heavy depending on the equipment, calibre and weight of shell.

The standard field gun was the British 18 pounder (so-called because of the weight of the high explosive shell). When the AIF embarked, its artillery was light-on indeed. As it turned out the scope to use it at Gallipoli was extremely constrained anyway so it mattered less than had the AIF gone straight to Europe, where artillery was the definitive feature of the battlefield.

At ANZAC, guns were deployed singly purely becasue of a lack of suitable fire positions. The 18 pounders were the first into action but later an improvised heavy Battery was formed with two 6 inch (150mm) howitzers and a 4.7 inch (120mm) Naval Quick Firing gun.

Artillery units had arguably the least intuitive structure and organisation of any of the major Corps in the AIF. This in part reflected changing priority and availability of equipment. As the war progressed, concentration to facilitate command and control at the highest level, became a defining characteristic of the structure of artillery units (generally and somewhat confusingly called Field Artillery Brigades, - rather than the contemporary term 'regiments' - which were aggregations of like Batteries).

Specialised sub units (Batteries equipped with specialised weapons like Siege Artillery, Heavy Howitzers and Medium and Heavy Mortars) were raised and allocated across the AIF generally at Division and Corps level. The allocation of their fire support.was similarly controlled.

The standard organisation of Field Artillery took on the form of the Field Artillery Brigade which were formed to support infantry divisions. In 1914 and 1915 the First and Second Division each had three brigades (initially corresponding to the Brigade numeric designation) equipped with 12 x 18 pounder field guns. On arrival in France, the artillery was reorganised with each field artillery brigade having 12 x 18 pounders and 4 x 4.5 inch howitzers. There was initially a lack of howitzers available to meet the establishment.

Each Brigade generally comprised three Batteries of four 18 Pounder Mk 1 or II guns. With a range of about 6,500 yards (almost 6km) they fired a range of ammunition natures including High Explosive fragmentation, Shrapnel, Smoke, Gas, Star (illumination) and Armour Piercing projectiles.

In March 1916 a fourth battery of four 18 pounder field guns was added. At the same time a Howitzer Brigade was raised for each division with 12 x 4.5 inch howitzers each.

In January 1917, batteries were increased in size to 6 guns each in order to economise on headquarters structures and the number of Field Artillery Brigades in each division was reduced to two.

The ANZAC 'A'

The brass letter 'A' to represent service related to Gallipoli (ANZAC) was authorised to be worn 'over unit colour patches on both sleeves of the service dress jacket and greatcoat" by Military Order 354 of 18 Aug 17 and AIF Order 937 of 6 Nov 17, as amended in terms of qualification by Military Order 20 of 19 Jan 18 and by AIF Order 1084 of 25 Jan 18.

The size of the letter 'A', introduced as one inch in height (AIF Order 994 of 30 Nov 17), was reduced to three-quarters of an inch by AIF Order 1012 of 11 Dec 17.

Provision for wearing the brass letter 'A' was also included in General Routine Order 0.815 of 17 Dec 43 and GRO 310 of 7 Dec 45.

ANZAC 'A'

Wound Stripe

Army Order No.204 Headquarters, 1st A.N.Z.A.C., 9th August, 1916. (slightly amended for layout)
DISTINCTIONS FOR OFFICERS AND SOLDIERS WHO HAVE BEEN WOUNDED

The following distinction in dress will be worn on the service dress jacket by all officers and soldiers who have been wounded in any of the campaigns since 4th August 1914 :

  • Stripes of gold Russia braid No.1, two inches [2.5cm] in length sewn perpendicularly on the left forearm sleeve of the jacket to mark each occasion on which wounded.

  • In the case of officers, the lower end of the first strip of gold braid will be immediately above the upper point of the flap on the cuff.

  • Warrant officers, non-commissioned officers and men will wear the gold braid on the left forearm sleeve, the lower edge of the braid to be three inches from the bottom of the sleeve.

  • Subsequent occasions on which wounded, will be placed on either side of the original one at half inch interval.

  • Gold braid and sews will be obtained free on indent from the Army Ordnance Department; the sewing on will be carried out regimentally without expense to the public.

Wound Stripes

Long Service Badges

A.I.F. ORDER No.470, 24 January 1917 (slightly amended for layout)

The question of the issue of a badge to members of the AIF who have completed a certain period of service has received consideration, and approval has been given for the issue of a badge for long service combined with good conduct, subject to the following conditions.

  • The badge will consist of an inverted single chevron of service braid to be worn on the left forearm - the point of the chevron to be 3 inches [7.6cm] above the edge of the cuff.

  • Warrant and non-commissioned officers and men, will be eligible for the badge, which will not carry an increased pay or allowance.

  • One chevron will be worn for each complete year's service in the Australian Imperial Force from the date of embarkation in Australia

  • No badge will be issued to any man who, during the 12 months, has incurred a regimental entry (i.e. an entry involving forfeiture of pay) in his sheet.

  • Time absent from the unit in hospital or elsewhere on account of wounds or sickness, not the result of misconduct, will count as service towards earning the badge.

  • A man in possession of a badge will forfeit same on being convicted of any offence involving a forfeiture of pay , but will be eligible to regain the badge after 6 months good conduct, from the date of forfeiture.

  • The illegal wearing of this badge will be a crime under A.A. Section 40.

Long Service Badges

Overseas Service Chevrons

Australian Imperial Force Order No.1053, January 1918 (Slightly amended for layout)

His Majesty the King has been graciously pleased to approve of the award of chevrons to denote service overseas since the 4th August 1914.

  • Chevrons of two colours have been approved.

    • The first chevron if earned on or before 31st December 1914, will be red.

    • If earned on or after 1st January 1915, it will be blue.

    • All additional chevrons after the first will be blue.

  • The chevrons will be worsted embroidery, 1/4 inch [0.63cm] in width, the arms 4 inches [10.2cm] long. They will be worn inverted on the right forearm:

  • In the case of officers, the apex of the lowest chevron will be 1 inch [2.5cm] above the upper point of the flap on the cuff.

  • In the case of warrant-officers, non-commissioned officers and men, the apex of the lowest chevron will be midway between the seams and four inches [10.2cm] above the bottom edge of the sleeve.

  • The red chevron will be worn below the blue one. They will not be worn on greatcoats.

  • In the case of Australians, the first chevron was earned the date the individual left Australia. Additional chevrons were awarded for each successive aggregate period of 12 months service outside Australia.

[http://au.geocities.com/fortysecondbattalion/level2/reference/01nos-standards.htm]

Overseas Service Chevrons