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Private G H Sheppard


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Private Gilbert Henry SHEPPARD, L/11447,(L/10808, G/24274), 6th Battalion,  Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment,  killed in action, Flanders France, 20th November 1917.

26th March 1897, born  Seal, Kent, son of James & Annie Sheppard, 9 High Street, Seal, Kent.


1911 Census - 5 High Street, Seal, Kent - James Sheppard, head, age 50, married, labourer general, born Halfway Street, Sidcup; Annie Sheppard, wife, age 50, married 23 years, 5 children, all still alive, born Ightham, Kent; Thomas Sheppard, son, age 17, single, born Seal, Kent; Gilbert Sheppard, son, age 14, born Seal, Kent.


Enlisted Maidstone, Kent, age 18 years & 60 days, height 5ft 9 inches, weight 133lbs. Formerly gardener.

Home 30th May 1915 to 10th October 1915; BEF France 11th October 1915 to 27th July 1916; Home 28th July 1916 to 20th December 1916; BEF France 21st December 1916 to 11th February 1917; Home 12th February 1917 to 22nd May 1917; BEF France 23rd May 1917 to 20th November 1917.

30th May 1915, enlisted; 3rd June 1915, posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 5th June 1915, posted 3rd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 11th October 1915, posted BEF & 8th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 28th July 1916, posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 29th July 1916 to 12th August 1916, Military Hospital, Brogthorpe, Nottinghamshire, bronchitis; 23rd August 1916, posted 9th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 1st September 1916, transferred to 22nd Traing Reserve Battalion, Service No.TR/10/51191; 21st December 1916, posted BEF & 6th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 26th December 1916, posted 10th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 12th February 1917, posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 12th February 1917, 8th Stationary Hospital, Wimereux, wounded, transferred to England by Hospital ship, "Jan Bredgar"; 12th February 1917 to 17th March 1917, County of Middlesex War Hospital, JCT foot; 26th March 1917, posted 3rd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 26th March 1917, Rochester, overstaying his sick leave from 9.30pm until 9.00am 28th March 1917, 6 days confined to Barracks, forfeits 3 days pay; 23rd May 1917, posted BEF & 6th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 23rd May 1917, embarked; 8th June 1917, joined "B" Company, 6th Battalion, In the Field; 4th July 1917, 37 Field Ambulance, impetigo; 4th August 1917, Trevent, 6 Stationary Hospital; 17th August 1917, Rouen, 3 Stationary Hospital; 17th August 1917, Rouen, 2 Convalescent Depot; 19th September 1917, Etaples, 40 Infantry Base Depot, from 2 Convalescent Depot; 13th November 1917, rejoined 6th Battalion, "B" Company.

21st June 1919, Statement of Relatives - Widow, none; Children, none; Father, James Sheppard, 9 High Street, Seal; Mother, Annie Sheppard, 9 High Street, Seal; Brothers - Thomas Sheppard, age 25, 9 High Street, Seal; Sisters - Daisy Sheppard, age 30, 9 High Street, Seal; Maria Sheppard, age 27, 9 High Street, Seal; Kate Pocock, age 38, Sydney, Australia.

Commemorated at Cambrai Memorial, Panel 8, Louverval, France.


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