Benjamin SHEPHERD

  • 1911 Occupation               Schoolboy
  • Domicile                             John and Ellen Sheppard Green’s Barn, Cropwell Road, Radcliffe-on-Trent, Notts.
  • Place of birth                     Quadring, Lincolnshire
  • Age in 1911                        12
  • Unit                                     2/5th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment
  • Service Number                53229 Enlisted in Mansfield
  • Rank                                   Private
  • Date of Death                     15th April, 1918, Killed in Action
  • Age at Death                      19
  • Battle SitRep                      Battle of Bailleul
  • Commemorated                 Grave I.B. 10. Mont Noir Military Cemetery,St Jans-Cappel, Nord, France

Note possibility that spelling of name altered by officer on signing up.

In 1901, Benjamin aged 2 born Quadring, Lincolnshire was living in Melton Road, Asfordby, Leicestershire with his family.
His family members were: father John aged 41 Wagonner on Farm born in Sibsey, Lincolnshire , step-mother Ellen aged 26 born Kirkby cum Osgodby, Lincolnshire, brothers Herbert aged 11, George aged 6, step-brother Joseph aged 1 month old, sisters Florence aged 12, Agnes aged 8, Elizabeth aged 8, step-sisters Maud Arch aged 4 and Ethel Arch aged 1 years old.

In 1911, Benjamin aged 12 at School, was living in Colston Bassett, Nottinghamshire with his family. In the household were: father John aged 45 Wagonman of Farm, step-mother Ellen aged 35, step-brothers Sidney aged 9, John aged 5, Walter aged 4, Harold aged 2, Horace aged 8 months, step-sisters Maud aged 14 and Phyllis aged 7 years old.
Benjamins’ father John and step-mother Ellen had been married 11 years and had 7 children, 6 of which were still living.

Benjamin joined the 2/5th battalion Lincolnshire Regiment.

His brother George also served: Rank: Driver Regiment: Army Service Corps Regimental No. T4/057853, later 51317.

Lincolnshire Regiment
2/5th Battalion (Territorial Force) Lincolnshire Regiment
On the 6th February 1915 the 2/5th battalion was formed at Grimsby and then moved to St. Albans to join the 177th Brigade of the 59th Division.
April 1916 the battalion was moved to Dublin and Fermoy, Ireland.
Jan 1917 the battalion returned to England at Fovant, Wiltshire.
Feb 1917 it was Mobilised for war and landed in France where the Division engaged in various actions on the Western Front including;
The pursuit of the German retreat to the Hindenburg Line, The Battle of the Menin Road Ridge, The Battle of Polygon Wood, The capture of Bourlon Wood.
The Battle of Bailleul (14-15 April)#
On 13 April, the 59th Division was ordered to reinforce the Lys area that was under terrific enemy attack. 177th Brigade was split off to reinforce 19th (Western) Division north of Neuve Eglise (Nieuwkerke), while the rest moved to Westouter. A 6000 yard long line (that is, very thinly held) was taken over near Loker and here in the middle of 14 April, the units came under violent attack. The enemy broke through on the left and the British line crumbled. Bailleul fell and 176th and 178th Brigades fell back in disarray on Mont Noir (Zwarteberg). Losses had been heavy.

Benjamin Sheppard was killed in action on the 15th April, 1918 and is buried in grave I.B.10 Mont Noir Military Cemetery, St Jans-Cappel, Nord, France.
Mont Noir Military Cemetery,St Jans-Cappel, Nord, France

The hill was captured by the Cavalry Corps on the 13th October 1914, and held throughout the Battles of the Lys, 1918.

On the North side of the Berthen-Westoutre road, is the Battle Memorial of the 34th Division, marking the final position of Divisional Headquarters in the Battles of the Lys.

The Cemetery was made in April-September 1918, and at the Armistice it contained 91 British graves and 33 French (all of the 26th Dragoons or the 88th Infantry Regiment). It was then enlarged by the concentration of British and French graves (including one of November 1914) from the battlefields immediately South of it and the following cemetery:-

WOLFHOEK BRITISH CEMETERY, ST. JANS-CAPPEL, which was by the roadside, nearly 200 metres South-West of the hamlet of Wolfhoek and contained the graves of 23 United Kingdom soldiers. It was made in August-September 1918, mainly by the 36th (Ulster) Division.

Also, near the centre of the cemetery, are the graves of two unidentified British soldiers of the 1939-1945 War.
There are now 149 Commonwealth burials of the 1914-1918 war here, 15 being unidentified. There are 2 unidentified Commonwealth burials of the 1939-1945 war here. There are also 84 French burials of the 1914-1918 war here.

Soldier’s Register of Effects
Benjamin Sheppard – Medal Rolls