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George was the son of Thomas and Mary (née Anderson) Sheppard. George and Mary Ellen were married in Nottingham in 1895 (A/M/J) and had two children, George Alexander (b. abt 1896) and Elsie Mary Ellen (b. abt 1899). Mary Ellen had died by the time of the 1901 Census, although no record has yet been found of her death, as on the 1901 Census George was described as a widower and he and his widowed father, Thomas, were living at 56 Peas Hill Road with another of Thomas' sons, Joseph, and Joseph's wife and daughter. Both George and his father were employed by the council as gas fitters. The same year George's two-year old daughter Elsie was living in the household of May Crowther and her three adult children. Elsie was described as 'nurse child' on the census, suggesting that she is being cared for by May Crowther. The whereabouts of George Alexander in 1901 have not yet been traced but presumably he, like his sister, was being looked after temporarily by friends or family. George Alexander senior married Eva Heath in 1901 (O/N/D) and in 1911 they were living at 41 Claude Street, Old Lenton, Nottingham. The 1911 census records that George and Eva had had seven children of whom only five survived. Seven children were in the household on the night of the census: George Alexander (15) and his sister Elsie (15) and their half-brothers and sisters, Eva (8, b. 1903 A/M/J), Gertrude Alice (8, b. 1904 J/F/M), Blanche (5, b. 1905), Thomas Henry (2, b. 1908) and Albert (6 months, b. 1910).
1911 - Errand boy for cabinet maker. 1915 - Factory, Maud Cycles.
24 Jul 1917
916543 - CWGC Website
41 Claude Street, Old Lenton, Nottingham
9th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
George Alexander Sheppard enlisted on 9 June 1915 in Nottingham and was allocated to the 16th Battalion Sherwood Foresters but the following day was sent to 19th Reserve Battalion. On the 14 December 1915 he was posted back to the 16th Battalion and went to France with them on 6 March 1916. George was shot on 3rd April. After treatment he was sent to the UK on 15 April 1916, returning to the 19th reserve battalion on 23 August 1916. He spent a month with them before returning to France and a posting to 9th battalion. He was with them during the Somme campaign and at Messines in June 1917. The battalion moved into no man's land to check the state of the wire in preparation for a large patrol which would go in on the following day. Menin Gate Memorial Panel 39 and 41
Nottingham Evening Post notice (abridged), 18 August 1917: 'Sheppard. On July 24th by gas shell poisoning, Private GA Sheppard, son of Mr and Mrs Sheppard, 48 (-) Street, Lenton, in his 23rd year. Father, mother, brothers, sisters.'
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    George Alexander Sheppard's name on the Menin Gate Memorial - Photo by John Morse