Bert Sheppard

Service:                Army

Rank:                    Gunner

Service No:           65194

Unit:                     36th Bty. 33rd Bde., Royal Field Artillery

Sheppard C E is listed on the transcription from the St George Roll of Honour, using the CWGC site & Soldiers Died in the Great War no casualty could be found with the initials and linked to St George. Bert Sheppard however lived in this area so I have included his details here.

Bert was born in St George Bristol in 1893.  Bert’s Parents were George & Minnie Sheppard who were living at Lamb Hill Crews Hole in 1901, at that time Bert had 2 older & 3 younger siblings, his father was a labourer at the nearby Netham Chemical Works. By 1911 the family had moved to 6 Lewin Road Redfield and increase by a further 4 children.

XXXIII Brigade RFA was a unit of Britain's pre-war regular army. This brigade was originally comprised of numbers 32, 33 and 36 Batteries RFA. It was placed under command of 8th Division and went to France with it in November 1914. On 18 May 1916 a fourth battery, 55 (Howitzer) Battery, joined from 128 Brigade which had also been in 8th Division but which was now being broken up. As Bert had arrived on the western front early in the war (6th November 1914) he may well have been serving before the outbreak, however documents have not been found to confirm this.

Bert was killed in action on 27th July 1917 near Ypres Belgium. Bert is remembered with honour & buried at the Vlameringhe New Military Cemetery, Belgium. Grave reference I.H.25.

Image by courtesy of Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Bert’s widow, Kate, married William Griffin in June 1918 she was solely in receipt of his effects from the Army.

 Bert was entitled to the 1914 with clasp, The British War Medal & The Victory Medal

 

References

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Soldiers Died in the Great War

Register of Soldiers Effects 1901-1929

1901 & 1911 UK household census

The Long, Long Trail