Harry Sheppard

The following biography was written by Gail Brumfitt.

Harry Sheppard

Harry was the second youngest of five children born to George Alfred (1863-1952) and Kate Emily Sheppard (née Potter 1860-1936). His siblings were Kate Emma (1884-1958), George (1887-?), Ellen (1889-?), and Ernest (1893-1976). George was a clothing factory manager born in Wraxall, Somerset. His parents were Thomas (1841-1913) and Emma Elizabeth Sheppard (née Rees 1841-1879). Throughout different census, Thomas was a cab inspector, licensed victualler and publican. Emma was born in Bristol, the daughter of Daniel and Mary Rees.

George (senior) married Kate in Bristol in 1883, where her family had originated. Her father, Joseph Potter (born 1824) was a Hatter, and he married Kate’s mother Eleanor Hutchins (1819-1882) in Bedminster in 1842. At some time between 1887 and 1889, after the birth of their oldest two children, George and Kate moved their young family to Liverpool.

In 1901 the family were living at 107 Saxony Road, West Derby where George was working as a Tailor’s foreman, born in Wraxall, Kate was age 50 born in Bristol, Kate (junior) was age 16 born in Bristol and employed as a tailoress, George (junior) was age 14 born in Bristol, Ellen was 12 born in Liverpool, Harry was age 9 born in Liverpool and Ernest was 7 born in Liverpool.

Sheppard Family 1911 Census

By 1911 the family had moved to 24 Oxford Street, Liverpool where George (senior) was now a tailoring factory manager. George (junior) was now employed as a tailor’s cutter, Harry was an insurance clerk and Ernest was an apprentice marine engineer. Ellen had no occupation and Kate (junior) had left home as she married William Henry Algeo on 7th June 1909 at St Bede, Toxteth Park. William was a leather merchant born in Liverpool. After their marriage Kate and William settled in Hoylake and were living at 1 Warren Road in 1911. They later moved to Stanley Road. For a while before the war, Harry lived in Hoylake with his sister, Kate and her husband William Algeo.

Unfortunately Harry’s service records did not survive, but he enlisted at Prescot in the 17th battalion, King’s (Liverpool Regiment) or the “Pals” and was attached to the Machine Gun Section.

The 17th battalion, also known as the 1st city battalion, was the first battalion forming part of the “Pals”, the 18th, 19th and 20th battalions were also “Pals” and formed by Lord Derby in the old watch factory at Prescot. All came under the orders of the 89th Brigade, 30th Division which landed in Boulogne in November 1915.

The Cap Badge Worn by members of the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th Battalions of the King's (Liverpool Regiment) or Liverpool Pals. It was made of silver and awarded to the Pals by their founder, Lord Derby, in 1914.

The Cap Badge Worn by members of the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th Battalions of the King’s (Liverpool Regiment) or Liverpool Pals. It was made of silver and awarded to the Pals by their founder, Lord Derby, in 1914.

Harry would have fought on the Somme in the battle of Albert which included the Division’s capture of Montauban and subsequent fighting in Trones Wood. Sadly Harry did not survive and has no known grave and so is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing.

Thiepval Memorial to the Missing on the Somme, July 2014

Thiepval Memorial to the Missing on the Somme, July 2014


"Deeside Advertiser" 25th August 1916

“Deeside Advertiser” 25th August 1916

Birth: 24th September 1891 in Liverpool Death:  30th July 1916 killed in action age 24
Address:  107 Saxony Road, West Derby (01); 24 Oxford Street, Liverpool (11)
Occupation:  Insurance Clerk
Unit:  17th Battalion, King’s (Liverpool Regiment) “Pals”; attached to Machine Gun Section
Number and Rank: Lance Corporal 24822
Medals:  1915 Star, British War, Victory
Commemorated and Buried:  Thiepval Memorial Pier and Face 1 D 8 B and 8 C
Sources:  BR, CWGC, SDGW, MC, DA, LE, Census: 01, 11


2 thoughts on “Harry Sheppard

  1. Harry was my Great Uncle and I’m very proud to have his medals and two photos (dated 1915) showing Harry in Grantham undergoing machine gun training. The family legend is that Harry died on the front line as a result of a gas attack but we have no evidence to verify this. His two brothers survived the war. I also have a document which reveals that Harry was in Lima (Peru) when war was declared and came back to Liverpool immediately in order to enlist. Unfortunately, we don’t know what Harry was doing in Lima. Many thanks for providing so much detailed information about my family.
    Lyn Moulding

  2. Very nice comment thank you. I am glad you enjoyed the biography. He was not the only one to have spent time in Latin America. Look at Len Bates for example. He was a mining engineer in Lobitos Peru before the war. Others worked on farms or ranches in places like Argentina. Latin America was effectively part of Britain’s Unofficial Empire and these biographies show that. Cheers, keep in touch.

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