William John Elder Shepherd

William John Elder Shepherd

Male 1906 - 1985  (78 years)

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  • Name William John Elder Shepherd 
    Born 14 May 1906  Balmaine, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Military Service 31 May 1919  Enlisted in Royal Australian Navy Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Enlisted in Royal Australian Navy 31 May 1919 to 14 May 1922. 
    Royal Australian Naval Service
    Royal Australian Naval Service
    William John Elder Shepherd - Royal Australian Naval Service
    Military Service 15 May 1922  Reenlistment Royal Australian Navy Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Naval record shows he reenlisted in Royal Australian Navy for a period of 7 Years. But does not show discharge date. Army record only shows previous service in RAN as 5 yrs. (see attached Naval and Army Records of Service) 
    Military Service 20 Apr 1936  Enlistment into Australian Militia Forces Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Enlisted in 56 Battalion of Australian Militia Forces for a period of 3yrs. 
    Military Service Record - Australian Militia 30 April 1936
    Military Service Record - Australian Militia 30 April 1936
    Military Service Record of William John Elder Shepher - Enlistment in Australian Militia 30 Apr 1936
    Military Service 17 Aug 1938  Enlisted 2nd Division ASC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Enlisted in 2nd Division ASC Australian Militia Forces for a period of 3 years.
    Army No.435313 
    Australian Military Service Record - Australian Militia - 17 October 1938
    Australian Military Service Record - Australian Militia - 17 October 1938
    William John Elder Shepherd's Australian Military Service Record - Enlistment in the Australian Militia 17 October 1938
    War Service 17 May 1940  World War II Find all individuals with events at this location 
    William transfered from Militia forces into the Australian Imperial Forces and served until discharge at the end of World War II. He seen active service in Palestine and New Guinea. 
    World War II Military Service Certificate
    World War II Military Service Certificate
    William John Elder Shepherd's World War II Service Certificate
    Australian Military Service Record - World War II - Australian Imperial Force
    Australian Military Service Record - World War II - Australian Imperial Force
    William John Elder Shepherd's World War II Australian Military Service Record
    Military Service 17 May 1940  Enlisted in Australian Imperial Forces Find all individuals with events at this location 
    William official discharged from militia forces and enlisted in the Australian Imperial forces for the duration of World War II. 
    Military Honours 02 Jul 1946  Military Decorations Find all individuals with events at this location 
    William Received the following Military Decorations for his service during World War II.
    1939/1945 Star
    Africa Star
    Pacific Star
    Defence Medal
    War Medal 1939/1945
    Australian Service Medal
    Return from Active Service Badge A407759 
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    The 1939 - 1945 Star
    The 1939 - 1945 Star
    Awarded for service as follows:
    • Navy - awarded for six months service afloat in areas of active operations from 3 September 1939 to 2 September 1945.
    • Army - awarded for six months service in an operational command during the period 3 September 1939 to 2 September 1945.
    • Air Force - awarded to all aircrew who have taken part in operations against the enemy, subject to at least two months in an operational unit and to all non-air crew who served six months in the area of an Army operational command. A gold rosette worn on the ribbon signifies participation in the Battle of Britain, 1 July 1940 to 31 October 1940.
    • Merchant Marine - awarded under the same conditions as Navy provided that at least one voyage was made through a specified area of active operations.
    Africa Star
    Africa Star
    Africa Star
    Africa Star Obverse

    The Africa Star was granted for operational service in North Africa from the date of the entry of Italy into the war on 10 June 1940, up to the date of the cessation of operations against the enemy in North Africa on 12 May 1943.

    The Africa Star may also be awarded for operational service as a member of the Australian Defence Force during the Syrian Campaign in the period from 8 June 1941 to 11 July 1941. The source document for the amended award conditions for the Africa Star is the Commonwealth of Australia Gazette No S134 dated 10 April 1995.
    The Medal

    The Africa Star is a six–pointed star of yellow copper zinc alloy. The obverse has a central design of the Royal and Imperial cypher, surmounted by a crown. The cypher is surrounded by a circlet containing the words ‘The Africa Star'. Stars issued to Australian personnel have recipient names engraved on the plain reverse.
    The Ribbon

    The Africa Star ribbon colours represent the desert and the service of the Armies, Naval Forces, Merchant Navy and the Air Forces.
    Clasps

    Three clasps were issued for the Africa Star:

    * 8 th Army
    * 1 st Army
    * North Africa 1942-43

    Only one clasp is worn and when the ribbon is worn alone a ribbon emblem, ‘8', ‘1' or silver rosette as appropriate is worn to denote the award of a clasp.
    Eligibility

    This medal is awarded for a minimum of one days operational service in North Africa, west of the Suez Canal between 10 June 1940 and 12 May 1943 and in Syria between 8 June 1941 and 11 July 1941.
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    The Australian Service Medal 1939 - 1945
    The Australian Service Medal 1939 - 1945
    Awarded for 30 days full-time or 90 days part-time service at home or overseas in the Australian Armed Forces and the Australian Mercantile marine between 3 September 1939 and 2 September 1945.
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    Died 03 Jan 1985 
    Person ID I6152  Tucker Family Tree | Bottcher family tree
    Last Modified 13 Aug 2008 

    Family Olive Mary Neal,   b. Abt 1915, Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Aug 1980, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 65 years) 
    Married 1932  Canterbury, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. P.B. Shepherd
    +2. J. Shepherd
    +3. S. Shepherd
    +4. J. Shepherd
    +5. E.J. Shepherd
    Last Modified 16 Jul 2008 
    Family ID F1901  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 14 May 1906 - Balmaine, New South Wales, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1932 - Canterbury, New South Wales, Australia Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    William John Elder Shepherd
    William John Elder Shepherd
    This photo was taken from his World War II Military Service Record


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