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Sergeant Norman Shepherd

 
 

Harrogate Herald - 9th January 1918

Roll of Honour

Sergeant Norman Shepherd, youngest son of Alderman and Mrs Shepherd, Dragon Avenue, has been killed in Palestine. He was twenty-six years old and was in the Colonial Office up to joining the Forces in the early part of 1915. he joined the Queen's Westminster Rifles and served in France and Salonica before taking part in the Palestine campaign. He has two brothers serving, the eldest being an officer in the Tanks and the other in the RFA.

 

Harrogate Herald 21st April 1920

Memorial Unveiled

A solemn yet inspiring service was held at the Dragon Parade Primitive Methodist Church on Friday evening, when a brass memorial tablet was unveiled by the Rev T Gladwyn, of Reading, which had been erected in memory of Sergeant Norman Shepherd, youngest son of Alderman and Mrs Shepherd, by his brothers and sisters. Sergeant Shepherd was in the Colonial Office, London, for 12 years, and during that time was a regular attender at the Harringay Primitive Methodist Church.

The service commenced with the singing of the hymn "He liveth long who liveth well", followed with prayer by the Rev E McLellan, who added some commendable remarks on the young soldier's consistent and cheerful life.

The Rev T Gladwyn then unveiled the tablet, which is fixed in the centre of the church on the right-hand wall, and read the inscription :

"To the glory of God and in proud and loving memory of Sergeant Norman (Norrie) Shepherd, youngest son of Alderman J and Mrs Shepherd of this town, 22/16 London Regiment, Queen's Westminster Rifles, who died January 2nd, 1918, of wounds received in action before Jerusalem. Interred in the Jerusalem Military Cemetery. Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori".

Returning to the pulpit the rev. gentleman paid high tribute to the sterling qualities of the deceased. When they heard what had happened to Norman Shepherd he said they were all shocked and their sympathy went out to the bereaved. Referring to the memorial, he said he felt it was a beautiful record in a beautiful place of a beautiful life. When he came to London he went to his (the speaker's) church, and his behaviour was such that it was distinct and an asset to the congregation. He spoke of his loyalty and cheerfulness and urged them to let Norman Shepherd's life be theirs and endeavour to display that same spirit and same deportment that they might have the triumphant life which always lived and ended in translation and not death.

Mr Arthur Annakin then sang impressively the solo "Be thou faithful unto death".

The Rev E J T Bagenal, of York, referred to the deceased's happy home life, and said he was one of the most active and earnest workers in connection with Harringay Church, and displayed the same standard of conduct when he joined the army. They were not surprised when his Major wrote and said that he was a man that could always be relied upon. His death, he said, was a distinct call to them to consecrate themselves afresh. He trusted his beautiful life would have such an influence on their lives and the church, that they would be ready to dedicate their lives to Jesus Christ. Their sympathy went out to the father and mother and family.

The service concluded with the hymn, "Peace, perfect peace".

Mr J H Marlow presided at the organ.

The tablet is the work of Mr Jesper, of Prospect Crescent.

 

Harrogate Herald - 30th November 1921

Memorial tablet in porch of the Dragon Road Methodist Church : Full article at War Memorials

The tablet, which is surrounded with an artistic raised border, bears an oval wreath in relief, and the names of the fallen in raised letters in the centre as follows : "In honoured memory of the men of this church who fought and died in the Great War. A Bradley, H Bennison, B Bousedale, R Houseman, E [Could be K or H] Hardcastle, A Hood, W A Long, W Macintosh, M Maude, E Middleton, R Preston, N Shepherd, G Topham, W H Weighill, R Wegg. On to the City of God".

 

SDGW

London Regiment

16th (County of London) Battalion (Quee's Westminster Rifles)

Sergeant Norman Shepherd 551460

Enlisted : Westminster

Residence : Harringay

Died : 2nd January 1918

Died of Wounds

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