Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Jack Shephard
Died 18th July 1917, aged 43
Growing up in Quorn
The 1881 census for Quorn shows the Shephard family living in the Royal Oak pub on the corner of Meeting Street and High Street on Quorn Cross. Jack is recorded as a young boy of six (although he was in fact seven), and living with his parents, Joseph and Fanny, and five of his numerous siblings. His father came from Barrow upon Soar, but his mother, previously Fanny Astill, was a Quorn girl. By 1891, his parents had left the pub and were living on Station Road, with Joseph working as a groom. As he grew up, Jack got used to working with horses, and the 1911 census shows that he was employed as a hotel groom in Bonsall, Derbyshire. He had married Florence Banks in 1904 and by 1911 they had had three children; Mary, John and baby Stanley. Their fourth child, Rose, followed in 1912.
Jack’s parents, Joseph and Fanny, continued to live on Station Road in Quorn until Fanny died in February 1908. She was buried in Quorn Churchyard.
Jack and his family move back to Loughborough
Eventually Jack and his family moved back to the area, when he got a job at the Echo Print Works and they settled in Loughborough, at 21 Wellington Street.
War service takes Jack’s life
Jack was 40 when war broke out, but when he went to join up at the recruiting office in Loughborough in January 1915, aged 41, he either deliberately or unwittingly took four years off his age, and declared himself as 37. Jack joined the Army Service Corps and was soon sent out to Iraq, where he was batman (servant) and driver for Captain Garman. In July 1917 the temperatures were constantly over 30o C and hitting highs of 45o C almost every day. Jack took ill on the 9th July 1917, and died of heat and exhaustion in No 3 British Hospital in Basra on 18th July 1917. He is buried in the nearby Basra War Cemetery. Florence was left with four children aged between 4 and 13 years old.
The Loughborough Echo reported Jack’s death in their edition on 10th August 1917:
“Driver Reported Killed
A letter has been received at Green’s Stores, Pinfold Gate, from Mrs Sheppard, who is now living at Derby, stating that she has had intimation from the War Office of the death of her husband, Driver Jack Sheppard, ASC. He was about 43 years of age, and at the time of his enlistment was employed at the Echo Works, Loughborough.”
Despite not having lived in Quorn for several years, Jack was still remembered and his name was entered in the both the book of Remembrance in the St Bartholomew’s Church and on Quorn war memorial.
1) A very early photograph of the Royal Oak, taken in 1896, a few years after the Shephards left.
2) A sheet from Jack’s army papers. Click 'Enlarge' (below the image) to increase legibility.