Ordinary Seaman Herbert John SHEPHERD

Service No: F3384 (Royal Australian Navy)
Born: Port Augusta SA, 2 January 1923
Enlisted in the RAN: 17 February 1941 (at Fremantle WA)
Unit: HMAS Gunbar
Died: Wounds from an Air Raid: (Darwin 19 February 1942), at Sea, 22 February 1942, Aged 19 Years
Buried: At Sea
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Herbert James Shepherd and Margaret Isabella Shepherd, of Victoria Park, Western Australia
Roll of Honour: Perth WA
Remembered: Panel 76, Column 1, Plymouth Naval Memorial, Devon UK
Remembered: Panel 2, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Cenotaph Undercroft, State War Memorial, Kings Park WA

The following is a summary of the damage resulting from the bombing of Darwin on 19 February 1942.

In ships of the RAN, seven lost their lives, three in Swan; two in Kara Kara; and one each in Gunbar and Kangaroo. Some 40 or so RAN personnel were wounded out of a total wounded of around 320. On the wharf 21 civilians were killed, and 14 in the town. More than 50 merchant seamen were killed (Neptuna’s death roll was 45); and the U.S. Navy suffered heavily in Peary, with about 80 killed. Peary was sunk; and the merchant ships British Motorist; Neptuna ; Zealandia; Mauna Loa; and Meigs. Also sunk were the naval craft HMA Ships Mavie and Kelat. Barossa and Portmar were beached but later salvaged; and Tulagi beached but soon refloated and little damaged. Damaged to a greater or less degree were the merchant ship Admiral Halstead; the hospital ship Manunda; U.S .S. William B. Preston; and HMA Ships Platypus; Swan; Gunbar; Kara Kara ; Kookaburra; Kangaroo ; and Coongoola. Away off Bathurst Island Don Isidro was beached, a total loss; and Florence D. sunk.

Extract from Gill, G.H. (G. Hermon) Royal Australian Navy 1939-1942, Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1957 – Pages 594-5

The seven RAN Members killed were:

Signalman Alwyn John Breen (PM2243) (HMAS Swan)
Leading Cook Francis Bassett Emms MID (18984) (HMAS Kara Kara)
Petty Officer Frank Moore (9684) (HMAS Kookaburra)
Cook Norman Richard Moore (S3584) (HMAS Kangaroo)
Able Seaman Albert Purdon (H1171) (HMAS Swan)
Leading Seaman John Sault (17910) (HMAS Swan)
Ordinary Seaman Herbert John Shepherd (F3384) (HMAS Gunbar) Died of Wounds: 22 February 1942


Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veteran’s Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A6770, SHEPHERD H J

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