Shepard, Cyril Harry

[1877 - 1916]

War Service:
Second Lieutenant with the 9th Bn Devonshire Regiment, Cyril Harry Shepard died 1 July 1916 on the first day of the battle of the Somme aged 39.

On 1 July, Captain Duncan Martin, 9th Battalion, who had noted that a German machine gun was located in the civilian cemetery of the village of Mametz, were to attack, not towards Mametz across the road, but at right angles towards the more distant village of Fricourt. Working from a plasticine model he had made of the area, Martin calculated that if this particular machine gun was not put out of action by the artillery barrage before the attack then it would fire into the right flank of his men causing heavy casualties. The machine gun position survived the bombardment and when, on the morning of 1 July 1916, the Devons advanced Martin’s prediction came tragically true.

Cyril Shepard is buried in Devonshire Cemetery, Mametz together with 160 other officers and men from the 8th and 9th Devons, among them is Captain Duncan Martin, 9th Battalion.

Location of Memorial:
He is commemorated on the memorial at St Margaret's, Lee.

He was the son of the late Henry Duncan Shepard, F.R.I.B.A.


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