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Arthur Cyril Sheppard was born in 1890 in Mansfield Woodhouse and was the son of Arthur a gardener and Fanny E. Sheppard, of Waterloo House, Southwell. His father was born in 1856 in Mansfield Woodhouse and his mother Fanny was born in 1859 in Lenton, in the 1911 census they state they had been married for 34 yrs and had 8 children 1 of whom had died, their children were Charles b1885 Mansfield Woodhouse, Hetty b1887 Mansfield Woodhouse, Arthur Cyril b1890 Mansfield Woodhouse, Fanny b1892 East Stoke, John b1894 Radcliffe on Trent, and Helling b1897 Southwell. In the 1911 census the family are living at Waterloo House, Southwell and are shown as Arthur 55 yrs a jobbing gardener he is living with his wife Fanny E 52 yrs, and their children Arthur Cyril 21 yrs a lace factory hand and Fanny 19 yrs a lace factory hand.
22 Nov 1915
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  • DCM DCM Distinguished Conduct Medal
1/8th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Sergeant Arthur Cecil Sheppard, D.C.M, enlisted at Southwell on 21st September 1908, he gave his age as 18 yrs and 10 months, he gave his address as King St, Southwell, and that he was employed in the lace industry by Carey and sons of Southwell. He served with the 1/8th Battalion Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment.) He was promoted Lace Corporal 15th July 1910 and Lance Sergeant 1st November 1914 and to Sergeant on 2nd August 1915. He landed in France on 2nd March 1915 and was killed in action on 22nd November 1915, he is buried in St. Vaast Post Military Cemetery, Richebourg-L'Avoue. He had served for 7 yrs and 63 days.
The official citation for his Distinguished Conduct Medal was published in the 'London Gazette,' on 15th September 1915:- “For conspicuous gallantry on the 30th July 1915, at Ypres, when, on his own initiative, he led a bombing party, under a heavy bomb and rifle fire, against the attacking enemy. Having thrown all his grenades, he went back and brought up a fresh supply, and later, having lost five men, he brought up a reinforcement.” Article published 29th November 1915 in the Nottingham Daily Express :- “RIDDLED WITH BULLETS. “Death of Southwell Man who Won the D.C.M. “LAST HEROIC ACTION. “News was received on Saturday [27th November 1915] that Sergeant Arthur Shepherd, [sic] of the 8th Sherwood Foresters, who was recently awarded the D.C.M., was killed on Tuesday last, November 23rd. The news was brought by Private A. Gilbert, who had come home to Southwell on leave. “A shell burst near the trenches and displaced the sandbags that guarded them. Sergeant Shepherd immediately climbed over the parapet to put them straight. The Germans at once trained a machine gun on to the gallant soldiers, who was absolutely riddled with bullets. “He was buried next day with full honours.” Obituary published in the Nottingham Evening Post dated 22nd November 1916:- “SHEPPARD. – In proud and loving memory of Sergt. A. C. Sheppard, D.C.M., Sherwood Foresters, killed in action November 22nd, 1915. Never forgotten. – Ethel Above is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
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