Samuel Shepherd (1879‒1917), Private (423319), 10th Battalion, London Regiment formerly Private (2666), 4th, Suffolk Regiment died on 21 May 1917, aged 38. He had just finished serving in France and was returning home on a hospital ship when he died on arrival at Southampton, Hampshire. He was buried in Mill Road Cemetery with full military honours and was commemorated on Cambridge Guildhall War Memorial.
Samuel was born in 1879 in Papworth Everard, Cambridgeshire. He was one of eight children of whom five survived born to Daniel Shepherd and Elizabeth Shepherd (née Murden). His father worked as a waggoner and then as a farm labourer, moving his family gradually closer to Cambridge (Yelling, St Ives, Papworth Everard) until they settled in Trumpington.
Samuel married Mary Elizabeth Hensby in 1910 in the district of Ely, Cambridgeshire. The couple had at least two daughters: Marjorie (1910‒2002) and Freda (1912‒93). Samuel was working as an agricultural labourer by the time he was 12 years old. He then became a domestic gardener. On the night of the 1911 census the family were living at 116 Ross Street (Romsey Town), Cambridge. His wife’s elder sister, Keziah Hensby, was staying with them and her occupation was “dressmaker”.
Samuel enlisted in Cambridge as Private (2666), 4th Suffolk Regiment. He transferred to become Private (423319), 10th Battalion, London Regiment. He had just finished serving in France and was returning home on a hospital ship when he died on arrival at Southampton, Hampshire. His last known address was 69 Cavendish Road (Romsey Town), Cambridge. (See download for his obituary.)
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Parish : Holy Trinity
War Graves Photographic Project
England & Wales, FreeBMD Birth Index, 1837-1915
UK and Ireland, Find A Grave Index, 1300s-Current
UK, Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects, 1901-1929
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1881, 1891, 1901, 1911 England census
Cambridge Independent Press, Friday, 1 June 1917
By Emma Easterbrook and Ian Bent