Francis is remembered on the Britons Pride Oddfellows Lodge war memorial, Ipswich.


Born: 1883, Felsham, Suffolk.

Died: 24th April 1917; age: 34; Died of Wounds at No. 51 Field Ambulance.

Enlistment Location: Harrogate, Yorkshire.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 37951.

Regiment: Prince of Wales’s Own (West Yorkshire) Regiment, 10th Battalion.

10th (Service) Battalion
Formed at York on 3 September 1914 as part of K2 and came under orders of 50th Brigade, 17th (Northern) Division.
14 July 1915 : landed at Boulogne.


Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.


Grave Reference:


Feuchy British Cemetery,

Pas de Calais,



Relatives Notified & Address: Husband of Annie Ethel Lester, of Tandridge Court Laundry, Oxted, Surrey.




1891   Bacton, Suffolk.


Francis was 8 years old and living with his mother, step father & step siblings.

George Shepherd, 39, an Agricultural Labourer, born Bacton.

Fanny Shepherd (nee Lester), 26, born Felsham.

Ernest George Shepherd, 16, born Morley, Yorkshire.

Edgar Shepherd, 12, born Scarborough, Yorkshire.

Harry Shepherd, 10, born Scarborough.

Marjorie Lester, 3, born Stowmarket Union, Suffolk.

Kate Shepherd, 14 months, born Bacton.


1901   29, Commercial Road, Ipswich.


Francis was 18 years old, a Miller’s Assistant. He was living with his maternal grandparents.

Samuel Lester, 68, a Blacksmith, born Grundisburgh, Suffolk.

Elizabeth Lester (nee Turner), 64, born Felsham.


1911   Goldicote House, Alderminster, Warwickshire.


Francis was 28 years old, a Valet, and 1 of 13 house servants for The Honourable Claud Berkeley Portman 4th Viscount Portman & family.


In 1913, Winslow, Buckinghamshire, Francis married Annie Ethel Deacon, born 1880, Winslow, Buckinghamshire.


Soldiers’ Effects to Annie E. Lester – widow.

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  • Hi. I just found this posting. My grandfather was Harry Shepherd born on January 23rd, 1881 in West Ardsley, Yorkshire. We don’t know a lot about the family history as my dad was only 8 years old when his father died. My grandpa Harry and his older brother Edgar (Ted) moved to Canada in about 1905. Their father was a coal pit labourer. Be great to connect with you. The family last name use to be spelled Shepherd, but changed to Sheppard in about 1912.


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