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  • Photograph showing the commonwealth wargraves commission headstone marking the grave of Ralph Shepperson at Dantzig Alley British Cemetery, Mametz. courtesy of the Sherwood Foresters roll of honour website.
Person Details
25 Jul 1886
Carlton
Ralph Shepperson was born Ralph Hatherway on 25th July 1886 and was the son of Jane Hatherway. (he appears to have taken his mothers husband name of Shepperson after they had married but also continued using the name Hatherway) His mother Jane born in 1867 at Keyworth married Gervase (Jarvis) Shepperson in 1894 the marriage was recorded in the Shardlow Registration District. They went on to have the following children, Herbert b1897 Toton, Violet b1899 Carlton, William b1899 Carlton, George b1902 Carlton, Edwin Gervase b1904 Carlton, and Ida Kate b1908 Carlton. In the 1911 census his parents and siblings are living at 2 Worths Yard, Cavendish Square, Carlton and are shown as Gervase 45 yrs a general labourer, he is living with his wife Jane 44 yrs and their children, Herbert 14 yrs a lithographic printer, Violet 12 yrs a scholar, William 11 yrs a scholar, George 9 yrs a scholar, Edwin 7 yrs and Ida 3 yrs of age . Ralph Shepperson married his wife Lucy Gash (born 10th February 1889) in 1911 at the Register Office at Sleaford they went on to have 3 children, Amy May born 14th November 1910, Ralph b1912 and died 1912 and Charlie born 6th September 1913, they lived at 1 Paceys Row, King Street, Newark. Following his death his widow now residing at 4 Cromwell Street, Nottingham (he in laws address) was awarded a pension of 18 shillings and 6 pence for herself and her 2 children. The family later lived at 77 Smedleys Row, Sleaford.
He was a labourer
05 Jul 1916
30
548335 - CWGC Website
6411
Private
10th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Private Ralph Shepperson enlisted on 1st September 1914 at Derby, he gave his age as 31 yrs and 8 days, he was a labourer, he was living at 1 Paceys Row, King Street, Newark, his next of kin was his wife Lucy of the same address. He was posted to the 10th battalion Sherwood Foresters Regiment and landed in France on 14th July 1915, he was killed in action between 5th and 11th July 1916. He is buried at Dantzig Alley British Cemetery, Mametz.
His younger brother William Shepperson enlisted on 5th June 1915 at Nottingham, he gave his date of birth as 27th January 1897 and stated he was 18 yrs and 128 days old (he was lying as he was born 27th June 1899) he stated he was a cabinet maker. He was posted to the Sherwood Foresters Regiment with service number 27064 and on 23rd September 1915 landed in France. However on 4th March 1916 the army having discovered his true aged discharged him from the army and returned him to England. His younger brother Herbert Shepperson also served during the Great War, also serving in the Sherwood Foresters Regiment he was a Sergeant 305183 in the 1/8th battalion Sherwood Foresters, he was awarded a Military Medal and survived the war.
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  • Photograph showing the commonwealth wargraves commission headstone marking the grave of Ralph Shepperson at Dantzig Alley British Cemetery, Mametz. courtesy of the Sherwood Foresters roll of honour website.
    Ralph Shepperson - Photograph showing the commonwealth wargraves commission headstone marking the grave of Ralph Shepperson at Dantzig Alley British Cemetery, Mametz. courtesy of the Sherwood Foresters roll of honour website.