Son of Herbert Shepherd-Cross, M.P., and Lucy Shepherd-Cross; husband of Meta Shepherd-Cross, of Gate Helmsley House, York. Born Bolton. His father had also been an officer in the DLOY. He was educated at Temple Grove, Eton and University College, Oxford. He enlisted from Oxford when the South African War broke out and he served through that campaign with the Imperial Yeomanry – he was awarded the Queen’s Medal with 4 clasps and was mentioned in dispatches, after which he was promoted to Lieutenant.. He married Meta of Hopton House, Worksworth, Co of Derby, on 26th Nov 1903. He was called the Bar in 1904 and practised for 2-years, but then went into business related to agriculture. The 1911 census shows his occupation as cotton manufacturer and living in Long Preston in Cheshire along with his wife Meta, three children and nine servants – they had four children in all beween 1907 and 1913 (Michael Herbert, Peter Cecil, Elizabeth and Daphne).