Albert Shepherd (11th January 1897 to 23rd October 1966)


Aged 20 I was unemployed and playing records in my bedroom through the day and staying up to 2am watching films through the night. When Albert was 20 he was in the King's Royal Rifle Corps and fighting in Villers Plouich in France in the First World War.


On Tuesday 20th November 1917 his company’s advance through countryside was suddenly held up by machine-gun fire in the mid-distance. Albert volunteered to rush the gun and, although ordered not to, he ran selfishly about 70 yards towards the splaying gun. He tossed a Mills bomb at the gunners killing both and took over the gun.


The troops continued their advance and came under heavy machine-gun fire again. When the last officer and t