Boy Scout
Charles Edward Sheppard


About Charles Edward

  • Name
    Charles Edward
  • Initials
  • Surname
  • Date of Birth
  • Birth town
    Finedon, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire
  • Resided town
    Finedon, Northamptonshire
  • Commemorated
    Pozieres Memorial in France. Finedon Cenotaph, Finedon Cemetery, Boy Scouts Memorial
  • Nationality
  • Place of death
    Near Frieres Faillouel, France
  • Date of death
    22 Mar 1918
  • Married
  • Occupation

Service Information

  • Army

  • Service Number
  • Rank
    Boy Scout
  • Regiment
    East Surrey Regiment


Charles Edward Sheppard created some confusion for researchers by signing the visitors’ book with ‘Scout’, not a recognised army rank.  Given that he was under age at the time it is thought he was a Boy Scout who later served with the East Surrey Regiment on enlistment.

Charles was the son of Edward and Rhoda Sheppard of 11 Kenmuir Road, Finedon.  His father was a quarryman and he had three younger siblings.  He passed through Peterborough East Station and signed the visitors’ book on 23 August 1916.  He formally enlisted at Kettering in 1917, when he would have turned 18.  He joined the 8th Battalion East Surrey Regiment.

The Battalion War Diary for 22-28 March 1918, records five days continuous activity, mainly backward from Frieres Faillouel to Audignicourt, France.  There are a couple of accounts of enemy fire from three sides as the Battalion became isolated and had to withdraw.  They were subjected to repeated shelling and one recorded instance of a gas shell being used.  It was not until 28 March 1918, that a review of casualties could be undertaken and it recorded 20 killed, 78 various wounded including two shell shock and a further 181 missing.  Private Edward Sheppard is recorded as missing, presumed dead on 22 March.  He is recorded amongst the missing on the Pozieres Memorial.

In his home village of Finedon he is commemorated on the Village Cenotaph and on the Boy Scout Memorial in the Cemetery.  This memorial records the names of 12 members of the local Scout Group who went to war but did not return.

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