Topic: Edgar Francis Sheppard (1893-1915)

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Tauranga clerk Edgar Francis Sheppard was killed in action during the Second Battle of Krithia at Gallipoli on 8 May 1915. Story by Debbie McCauley.

Edgar worked as a Clerk at General Store in Tauranga. He was also in the Rifle Club, a Hauraki Regiment Volunteer and keen sportsman.dgar Francis Sheppard was born in Tauranga on 2 February 1893 (reg. 1893/1263). His parents were Edward and Mary Louisa Sheppard (nee Vercoe) who had married in 1880 (reg. 1880/2740).

He enlisted on 19 October 1914 and served with Auckland Infantry Battalion, 6th Company (Service No. 12/1501). His last rank was Sergeant.

Edgar Francis Sheppard (1893-1915)

He may have served time as a POW in Bilemedik Pozanti, Turkey.

Edgar was killed in action during the Second Battle of Krithia at Gallipoli on 8 May 1915, aged 22 (reg. 1918/38000).

On 9 May 1917 the Bay of Plenty Times ran the following:

In Memoriam. Sheppard – In loving memory of Edgar F Sheppard (6th Hauraki’s). Killed in Action May 8th, 1915 at Gallipoli. Cover a place where a soldier lies sleeping. Waiting to answer the final roll-call. Inserted by his loving mother, The Camp, Tauranga.

 On 19 June 1915 the New Zealand Herald printed:

Private E. F. Sheppard of Tauranga, who was killed in action was the son of Mr Edward Sheppard, accountant. He was for a few years in a lawyer’s office in Auckland but afterwards returned to Tauranga, where he was employed by Mr Ridley’s provision store.”

Edgar Francis Sheppard (1893-1915)


Archives New Zealand: Military personnel file.

Auckland War Memorial Museum: Cenotaph Record.

Bay of Plenty Times (1917, May 9).

Births, Deaths & Marriages Online (New Zealand).

Fiona Kean (Tauranga Heritage Collection).

New Zealand Herald (19 June 1915).


A version of this article was archived in August 2016 at Perma CC

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Edgar Francis Sheppard (1893-1915)

Note:Service Number: 12/1501
First Names:Edgar Francis
Last Name:Sheppard
Date of Birth:2 February 1893
Place of Birth:Tauranga
Country of birth:New Zealand
Date of death:8 May 1915
Place of death:Gallipoli, Turkey
Fathers name:Edward Sheppard
Mothers name:Mary Louisa Vercoe
Military Service:World War I (1914-1918)