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SHEPPARD, John Edward (1894-1961?) – Machine Gun Corps

Private John Edward Sheppard (1894-1961?) was living in Wickhamford in 1939.  He was born in Honeybourne, the son of John Thomas Sheppard.

John was living with his father at The Lodge, Badsey, and employed as clerk, when he enlisted on 27th December 1917.  He was posted to the 95th Training Battalion (No TR/7/9072) at first and then to the 92nd Training Battalion on 17th March 1917 after a short time in hospital at Chistledon Camp due to laryngitis. He finally moved to the 2nd Battalion, Machine Gun Corps as a Private (No 97665) on 4th April 1917.  He went to France with this battalion on 5th August that year.

He married Lily Rose Thacker at All Saints Church, Evesham on 10th September 1918.  Private Sheppard finally left France on 25th January 1919 and was transferred to the Labour Corps. At this time he was living at 14 Mill Street, Evesham. He was finally discharged from the Army on 13th February 1919.

John was living at Challacot, Manor Road, Wickhamford, when the 1939 Register was compiled at the outbreak of the Second World War.  At that time, he was employed as an Agricultural Sundries salesman.  He and his wife do not appear on Electoral Roll for 1939 in the village and is it not known how long he lived there.