Born: 1922, Ipswich.
Died: 23rd July 1941; age: 19; Fracture of the base of the skull sustained when riding a motor cycle on the London Road, Bourton-on-the-Hill, Gloucestershire. He accidently collided with cattle on the highway.
No Post Mortem.
Inquest held on the 25th July & 1st August 1941.
Residence: ‘Brookwood’ 337, Main Road, Martlesham, Suffolk.
Occupation: Joiner’s Assistant.
Based at Royal Air Force Aerodrome, Moreton in Marsh, Gloucestershire.
Rank: Aircraftman 2nd Class; Service Number: 959339.
Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of William John & Edith Maud Sheppard, of Martlesham.
Father: William John Sheppard, born 1886, Ipswich – died February 1941 – ‘Brookwood’ 337, Main Road, Martlesham. A Building Contractor’s Manager.
Mother: Edith Maud Sheppard (nee Gayfer), born 1898, Ipswich.
A memorial flower vase was later placed on Eric’s grave – To Eric a token of our remembrance from his comrades.