CFHS code : HT465

Parish : Holy Trinity

Inscription : headstone 423319 Private S SHEPHERD 10th BN London Regiment 21 May 1917 aged 38 kerbs In Loving Memory of SAMUEL SHEPHERD d 21 May 1917 aged 38 MARY ELIZABETH SHEPHERD b 1 Dec 1876 d 6 Aug 1975

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.201832 0.13810722 – click here for location

Shepherd grave
Shepherd CWWG headstone


This Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone, in the parish area of Holy Trinity, is located in the south-east corner of the cemetery, to the west side of the eastern path as it turns northwards, three rows back.

[regimental badge]

‘423319 Private S Shepherd
10th Bn. London Regiment 21st May 1917 age 38’


Samuel Shepherd (1879‒1917)WW1 soldier – see also Life Story page

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.

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Mary Elizabeth Shepherd (1876-1975)

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Sources :
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
UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919
1881, 1891, 1901, 1911 England census
Cambridge Independent Press, Friday, 1 June 1917

By Emma Easterbrook and Ian Bent

Mary Elizabeth Shepherd; Samuel Shepherd