[Skip to content]



  • Photograph published in the Nottingham Evening Post dated 18th May 1915 and is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
Person Details
Nottingham
Charles Matthew was the son of John and Lucy Ann Shepherd (née Morgan). His father John was born in Sheffield, Yorkshire, in about 1868, the son of William and Sarah Maria Shepherd. His family was living at 18 Isabella Street, Nottingham, in 1881; John (15) was a bobbin and carriage maker. His mother Lucy Ann was born in Nottingham in 1870, the daughter of Thomas Leach Morgan and his wife Mary Ann Elizabeth. Lucy Ann was baptised at Nottingham St Paul on 6 July 1873. John and Lucy Ann were married in 1890 (A/M/J Nottingham) and had twelve children, all born in Nottingham, three of whom died young: Herbert Arthur b. 1892 (O/N/D) bap. Nottingham St Peter 5 December 1892 d. 1894 (J/F/M), Ernest birth registered 1898 (J/F/M) d. 1898 (A/M/J) and Ivy b. 1901 (O/N/D) d. 1902 (A/M/J). Their nine surviving children included Thomas Leach (or Leech) S Morgan, who was born in 1889 (J/A/S) the year before their marriage although all records, with the exception of the registration of his birth, used the surname Shepherd. Children: Thomas Leach b. 12 June 1889 bap. Nottingham St Peter 5 December 1892; John William b. 15 January 1891 bap. 5 December 1892; Charles Matthew birth registered 1895 (J/F/M); Charlotte Alice b. 1896; George b. 3 July 1899; Gwendoline Helen (Nelly) b. 1903; Albert Arthur b. 7 May 1905; Susan Sarah 13 February 1907 and William Henry b. 4 September 1909. In 1891 John (24) and Lucy (21), both box makers, were living in Hurts Yard, Nottingham, with their sons Thomas (1) and John (under 1 year) but had moved to 10 Brewitts Yard by December 1892 when their three sons were baptised. However, by 1901 they had returned to Hurts Yard (13 Goose Gate) where they were living with their five children: Thomas, John, Charles (6), Charlotte (4) and George (1). Two sons born after the 1891 Census, Herbert and Ernest, had died in the intervening ten years while a daughter, Ivy, born in 1901 after the census, died the following year. By 1911 John, a wood sawyer (bottle boxes), and Lucy, who was employed on lace work, were living at 2 Fountain Place, Woolpack Lane, Nottingham. All nine of their surviving children were living at home: Thomas, John and Charles who were all in the printing trade, Charlotte a lace mender and George, Gwendoline (8), Albert (6), Susan (4) and William (2). His parents were still living on Woolpack Lane when Charles was killed in April 1915. The later CWGC record gives his mother's address as 48 Woolpack Lane. His father John probably died in 1924 and his mother Lucy Ann on 14 December 1938. Of Charles' siblings: Thomas Leach married Edith Presbury (b. 30 January 1889) in 1912 and they had at least two children: Edna (b. 20 January 1913 d. unm. 28 July 1956) and Thomas (b. 1 August 1920). In 1939 when the England & Wales Register was compiled, Thomas, a lithographer, and Edith were living in Nottnigham with their children Edna, a hosiery machinist, and Thomas who was described as 'incapacitated.' Thomas died on 4 March 1970; he was then living in Bilborough. John William served with the Royal Horse Artillery in the war. He married Maria Truswell (b. 19 July 1890) in 1917 and in 1939 they were living on Woodville Road, Nottingham. John was a printer's assistant. They were still living on Woodville Road when John died on 21 January 1959. Charlotte Alice married Thomas Harper in 1915. They were living on Randolph Street, Nottingham, when she died on 24 July 1936. The funeral service was held at St Mary's church and she was buried in Carlton Cemetery. George married Ethel Gillson (b. 27 January 1903) in 1925. In 1939 George, a railway wagon labourer was living on Windmill Lane, Sneinton, with his wife and their son George W. (b. 19 May 1927 d. 1992). The records of two other members of the household remain closed but were probably those of their two other children, Dennis (b. 1929) and June A. (b. 1939). Gwendoline Helen died aged 23 in August 1927. Albert Arthur married Mabel Ilene Needham (b. 23 December 1909) in 1931. They were living in Nottingham in 1939; Albert was a colliery despatch clerk, He died on 26 May 1959; the probate record gave his address as Osborne Grove, Sherwood. His wife survived him and married secondly Willie Noble in 1963. Susan Sarah married William E Hallam (b. 31 December 1909) in 1930. In 1939 she and William, a collier hewer, were living on Brand Street, Nottingham. The records of two other members of the household remain closed. Susan died on 19 February 1990. William Henry married Marjorie J Cheshire (b. 11 June 1911) in 1930. In 1939 William, a bricklayer, and his wife were living on Jubilee Street, Nottingham. The record of one other member of the household remains closed but was probably that of their son, David J. (b. 1937). William Henry died in 1991.
Attended St Mary's Schools. He was an apprentice litho printer at Thomas Foreman and Sons,
08 Apr 1915
20
449393 - CWGC Website
2023
48 Woolpack Lane, Nottingham.
Private
1/7th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Charles joined the Sherwood Foresters (TF) in May 1914 He served with the 1/7th Bn Sherwood Foresters and was shot and killed on 8 April 1915 while serving in the trenches. He was buried in Lindenhoek Chalet Military Cemetery, Belgium (grave ref. l.B.10). A chaplain, Rev H Hales, performed the service. Charles qualified for the 1915 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal. CWGC - Lindenhoek Chalet Military Cemetery (extract): 'The first burials were made in the cemetery in March 1915 and it continued to be used by fighting units and field ambulances until October 1917. It was enlarged after the Armistice when over 100 graves were brought in from the battlefields surrounding Kemmel.'
Article published in the Nottingham Evening Post, 15th May 1915 :- “DIED AT DUTY. “ROBIN HOOD KILLED AT THE FRONT. “Mr. and Mrs. Shepherd, of Wool-pack-lane, Nottingham, have been notified of the death at the front of their third son, Private Charles Matthew Shepherd, of the Robin Hood Rifles. “One of the officers has written to explain that the [soldier] was killed by a bullet which penetrated the sandbags of the trench and lodged in his chest. He was buried by a chaplain, Rev. H. Hales, at Hinderbock [sic] Chateau. “Private Shepherd, who was only 20 years of age, was educated at St. Mary's Schools, and at the age of 13 was apprenticed to Messrs. T. Forman and Sons, being placed in the litho department. He joined the Robin Hoods in May of last year, and was at camp when the storm burst. He was in the last year of his apprenticeship. “A brother, Private John Shepherd, of the R.H.A. has been soldiering for the last four years, and has been at the front since the early days of the war. In a touching note he begs his parents not to mourn unduly, his brother have died doing his duty.” Above article courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hukcnall 1914-1918 Nottingham Evening Post, ‘In Memoriam’, ‘8 & 10 April April 1916: ‘Shepherd. In memory of Charles shepherd, killed in action 9th April, 1915. Fondly remembered. Father, mother, family.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Nottingham Evening Post, ‘In Memoriam’, ‘8 & 10 April 1916: ‘Shepherd. In loving remembrance of our dear brother, Private Charles Shepherd, killed in action April 8th, 1915. Ever in our thoughts. Tom and Edith.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Nottingham Evening Post, ‘In Memoriam’, ‘8 & 10 April 1916: ‘Shepherd. In remembrance of my dear brother, Charles Shepherd, killed in action April 9th, 1915. Sister Lottie.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk)
Remembered on

Photos

  • Photograph published in the Nottingham Evening Post dated 18th May 1915 and is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
    Charles Matthew Shepherd - Photograph published in the Nottingham Evening Post dated 18th May 1915 and is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918