Edwin Sheppard

Memorial: Kingswood - Holy Trinity Church

Regiment: Royal Field Artillery

Medals: 1914–15 Star, British War Medal, Next of Kin Memorial Plaque 1914 - 1921, Silver War Badge, Victory Medal

Rank and number: Driver W/419

Parents: Edwin and Elizabeth Sheppard

Home address: 122 Hopewell Hill, Kingswood, Bristol

Pre-war occupation: Mason's Labourer

Date of birth: 1888

Place of birth: Blackwood, Monmouthshire

Date of death: 30/06/1916

Buried/Commemorated at: Buried at Becourt Military Cemetery, Becordel-Becourt, Somme, France and commemorated on Kingswood Holy Trinity Memorial

Age: 27

Further information:

Edwin was born in Blackwood, Monmouthshire, the son of a gardener and a middle child of nine children with an older and a younger brother and six sisters. His younger brother Thomas also died in active service, two years after Edwin was killed.

Edwin's Regiment was "Z" 38th Trench Mortar Battery, Royal Field Artillery.

Edwin was killed in action the day before the commencement of the Battle of the Somme (1st July – 18th November 1916) which lasted for 140 days at the cost of 620,000 allied casualties. It is likely that Edwin was killed in a supporting engagement that took place prior to the battle proper.

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This information has been provided by Sarah Hands, Volunteer Researcher for the South Gloucestershire War Memorials Web Site.
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