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Albert Sheppard was born in Ballarat, Victoria, was single and a Plumber when he enlisted with the 2nd Field Company Engineers on 1 September 1914 at the age of 19. His unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A3 Orvieto on 21 October 1914. He received his first promotion to Corporal whilst in Gallipoli on 4 May 1915. Later that year he'd be admitted to hospital on several occasions for health issues ranging from influenza to bronchitis and jaundice. On 1 January 1916 he was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for conspicuous gallantry on the 6th August 1915 at Lone Pine in 'tunnelling to open communications with a captured position. Although overcome by explosion gases, Corporal Sheppard, immediately on recovery, successfully completed his work under heavy fire' and was placed as a Supply Lieutenant on 15 January.
According to his casualty form, on or about 25 April 1918 Sheppard was wounded in action with multiple gunshot wounds to the shoulder, arm, thigh and leg. His injuries were severe and he embarked for Australia on 20 October 1918.
His brother, Lt. Charles Sheppard (Medaille Militaire), Regimental No. 2, 4th Pioneers, returned to Australia 30 June 1918 also served (Tree No. 231)
Tree No. 232