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Name:
Thomas Shepherd
Casualty No.:
Initials:
T
Service No.:
D/22066
Date of Birth:
Place of Birth:
Cleatlam
Age at Death:
33
Ranks:
Private
Unit:
10th Battalion Duke of Wellington's West Riding Regiment
Teesdale Township:
Place Enlisted:
Home Address:
Barningham, post office
Civilian Employment:
Postmaster
Cause of Death:
Killed in Action
Date of Death:
Place of Death:
Italy
Battles & Campaigns:
Locally Commemorated:
UK Commemorated:
Overseas Commemorated:
Buried:
Tezze British Cemetery
Decoration and Medals:
Service :
Army
Service Records:
Death Notice/Obituary:

Thomas was killed by a machine gun bullet passing through his heart during the advance on the Piave River. He died just two weeks before the end of the war.

Teesdale Mercury-29/10/1919: In memoriam

Teesdale Mercury-27/11/1918: Local and other notes: Death on Italian Front

Teesdale Mercury-04/12/1918: Return Thanks Notices

Family Details:

Son of Joseph and Mary Shepherd of South Side, Cleatlam.

Husband of Elizabeth Florence Shepherd of Headlam Terrace, they had two children together. Thomas was related by marriage to Pt. Sidney Sissons.

Notes:

Prior to the war he was the Postmaster for Barningham and ran the shop. Thomas joined the army in March 1917 and was posted to Italy seven months later.

In a letter to Thomas' widow, Private H. Hill wrote:

"we had been together nearly all the time we have been in Italy. I know that a real man went under when he was killed facing the enemy. I understand he was told to hold a very difficult position, and that he bravely did so with his gun, but was almost immediately struck by a machine-gun bullet, which penetrated his heart, killing him instantaneously. Doubtless you have had full particulars of the sad event from the Company Officer, but 1 thought I would like to let you know that his loss is felt by those who have soldiered wit h him, including especially myself. Many and many a chat had we together—he telling of his happy home life and I of mine, and what we were both going to do when  terrible war was over."

Teesdale Mercury-27/11/1918: Roll of Honour Notice

Teesdale Mercury-11/12/1918: Local and other notes: Letter to be published next week

Teesdale Mercury-25/12/1918: Local and other notes: Touching letter

Teesdale Mercury-05/03/1919: Local and other notes: Barningham Roll of Honour

Teesdale Mercury-05/03/1919: Local and other notes: Barningham Roll of Honour

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Sources:
First Name: Barningham Local History Group; Absent Voters List 1918 Richmond Division (North Yorkshire County Record Office); Last Name: Barningham Local History Group; Absent Voters List 1918 Richmond Division (North Yorkshire County Record Office); Unit: Barningham Local History Group; Ranks: Barningham Local History Group; Absent Voters List 1918 Richmond Division (North Yorkshire County Record Office); Place of Death: Barningham Local History Group; Date of Death: Barningham Local History Group; Family Details: Barningham Local History Group; Teesdale Townships: Teesdale Poor Law Union 1914; Service Number: St Mary's data; Absent Voters List 1918 Richmond Division (North Yorkshire County Record Office); Unit: St Mary's data; Absent Voters List 1918 Richmond Division (North Yorkshire County Record Office); Date of Birth: St Mary's data; Place of Birth: St Mary's data; Civilian Employment: St Mary's data; Buried: St Mary's data; Cause of Death: St Mary's data; Home Address: Absent Voters List 1918 Richmond Division (North Yorkshire County Record Office);