Alfred Shepherd

Name

Alfred Shepherd

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

12/08/1916
18

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Private
5290
Hertfordshire Regiment
1st Bn.

Awards

British War and Victory medals

Cemetery/Memorial

ST. QUENTIN CABARET MILITARY CEMETERY
I.A.28
Belgium

Headstone

>Not Researched

UK Memorials

St Peter's Church Memorial, Ayot St Peter, St Peter's Church Roll of Honour, Ayot St Peter, 4 Co' Hertfordshire Reg' Territorials’ Memorial, Hitchin, St Mary's Church Roll of Honour, Hitchin, Kimpton Village Memorial, St Peter & St Paul Church, Kimpton

Pre War

Born in 1898 in Ayot St Peter, Welwyn, Hertfordshire to Mary Ann Shepherd. 1911 Census: Living with mother (single), uncle and brother at Kimpton Green, Welwyn, Herts.


He enlisted in Hertford in June 1915.

Wartime Service

He served in 4 Company of the Regiment and was allocated Regimental number 5290. He was killed in action. He seems to have been killed at the same time as R.J. Harwood. The Regiment was part of the 11th Brigade in the 39th Division. According to the Regimental history, in the Spring and Summer of 1916, they were not involved in any important engagements. At the beginning of March they were at Ebbingham a few miles east of GHQ at St. Omer and for the next few months were probably used in support, relief and to provide working parties where necessary for other units situated nearer the front. This would account for men being killed in the area of Festubert between May and early August and north of Ploegsteert in mid-August 1916. He is buried in Plot I, Row A, Grave 28 in the St. Quentin Cabaret Military Cemetery, Heuvelland, Wes Vlaanderen, Belgium.

Additional Information

War gratuity of £4 granted to mother Mary Ann. The personal inscription, chosen by his mother, reads: “I will lay me down in peace and take my rest”.

Acknowledgments

David C Baines, Jonty Wild, Brenda Palmer