b. 11/01/1897 Royston, Barnsley, Yorkshire. d. 23/10/1966 Royston, Barnsley, Yorkshire.
He was 20 years old, and a private in the 12th (S) Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps, British Army during the First World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.
On 20 November 1917 at Villers Plouich, France, when his company was held up by a machine-gun at point-blank range, Private Shepherd volunteered to rush the gun and although ordered not to, rushed forward and threw a Mills bomb killing two gunners and capturing the gun. The company, continuing its advance, came under heavy enfilade* machine-gun fire and when the last officer and NCO had become casualties, Private Shepherd took command of the company, ordered the men to lie down and went back some 70 yards to get the help of a tank. He then returned to his company and led them to their last objective.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: ROYAL GREEN JACKETS MUSEUM, WINCHESTER, HAMPSHIRE
BURIAL PLACE: ROYSTON CEMETERY, ROYSTON, BARNSLEY, YORKSHIRE.
Albert Shepherd's medals including his VC on display at the Royal Green Jackets Museum, Winchester, Hampshire.
(Picture - Thomas Stewart).
Royston War Memorial, Barnsley
Courtesy of Paul Reed