Project Description

GEORGE SHEPPARD 1894–?

cheshire reg

Brother of Benjamin

Born in 1894 in Quadring, Lincs.

Possible marriage to Susanna Desforges in Boston district, Lincs. in 1924.

Possible death 26th January 1939. Address at date of death: Galan Hurst Farndon Road Newark.

1901 Census

Age 6 living on Melton Road, Asfordby, Leics. with father John, a farm waggoner, step-mother Ellen, his 6 siblings (see Benjamin), including Benjamin age 2, who served in WW1, and 2 step-sisters, Maud and Ethel Arch. George’s mother was Mary Ann Sheppard, née Bishop, who died in 1899.

1911 Census

Unable to find him in 1911

Military Service

Rank: Driver

Service Number: T4/057853, later 51317

Military Unit: Army Service Corps, 33rd Division

Theatre of War: France and Flanders, date of entry 20.3.16. Total war service abroad before hospitalisation 1 year 2 months.

Attested: 13 Feb 1915 at Chesterfield

Address: Green’s Barn Farm, Radcliffe

Age 20 years 10 months. Occupation: Farm labourer. Height 5ft 8½ins, chest 37½ins

Next of kin: father,  John Sheppard of same address

Home 13.2.15 to 19.3.16; France 20.3.16 to 24.6.18; Home 25.6.18 to 13.2.20

14.5.15: Transferred to ASC 305 Coy, 33rd Div …? ASC, Derby, Private, new Reg. no. 51317

15.6.17: Admitted 3 Casualty Duty Hospital Doullens. Ac. Rheumatism

24.6.17: Admitted 5 General hospital Rouen. Myalgia

25.6.17: Transferred to Base ex 5 Canadian Stationary Hospital Doullens

3.7.17: Admitted 2 Convalescent Depot Rouen ex 8 Gen. Hospital. Myalgia

7.7.17: Admitted 11 Convalescent Depot Buchy. Myalgia

26.7.17: Discharged to base Depot Havre Class “A” ex 11 Con. Buchy

30.7.17: Admitted 2 General Hospital Havre. Synovitis knee. P. mild RN (?)

3.8.17: Discharged to duty ex 2 Gen. Hosp. Havre

21.9.17: Compulsorily transferred to 1st Battalion. Cheshire Regiment A Company.   To retain former rate of pay

Wounded

24.4.18: Wounded

25.4.18: War Office Telegram from Officer Commanding 51 Casualty Clearing station, France states ‘Dangerously ill GSW L. thigh. Wire to father’. The telegram sent to his father reads: ‘Regret to inform you that your son 51317 Pte. G.Sheppard Cheshire regiment is dangerously ill with gunshot wound left thigh at 51 Casualty Clearing Station France. Regret permission to visit him cannot be granted’.

27.4.18: War Office Telegram from Officer Commanding 51 Casualty Clearing station, France reports ‘Slightly improved. Wire to father’. The telegram reads ‘Pleased to inform you that your son 51317 Pte. G. Sheppard Cheshire regiment is reported slightly improved’.

29.4.18:  Admitted 35 Gen. Hosp. Calais. S.W. L. thigh Frac.

25.6.18: Admitted 16 Canadian General (Ontario) Hospital, Orpington; GSW Frac. L. femur (Gun shot wound, fracture left femur)

3.9.18: Canadian General (Ontario) Hospital, Orpington

17.10.19–24.10.19: Granted special leave from Royal Herbert Hospital, Woolwich to Rose Cottage, Hogsthorpe Road, Peterborough

13.2.20: Discharged no longer fit for War Service, age 25. Character V Good. Nature of disability; GSW (Gun shot wound) left thigh. Degree of disablement: 30%. Weekly rate 12s 0d. Date of commencement 14.2.20, to be reviewed in 52 weeks. Address at date of discharge: Green’s Barn Farm.

Medals Awarded: British War and Victory, received by him on 15.5.22. His address at this time was c/o Mr Holmes, Delph Farm, Martin Dales, Lincolnshire.

Other Information

Note: Shortly after the outbreak of WW1 the Government of Ontario set apart C$2m as a War Relief Fund, with the intention of sending comforts to Canadian troops in camps in England or actively engaged at the front in France. As there was money to spare,  Lt.-Col. Richard Reid, recommended that a military hospital be established somewhere between London and the South Coast. Orpington was eventually chosen for the new hospital. It was 15 miles from London and lay southeast of the station, which was on the main South-Eastern railway line from Dover to Folkestone.

Military Personnel Address on 1918 Electoral Register

Green’s Barn, Cropwell Road, Radcliffe on Trent

From the Absent Voter List Spring 1920

He is listed as serving  with the Cheshire Regiment, home address Green Barn’s Farm, but the information above shows he was discharged from the army in February 1920.

Reasons for inclusion on Radcliffe on Trent Roll of Honour

His family lived in Green’s Barn Farm in Radcliffe on Trent from at least 1915 (see his attestation) until February 1920.