The Sheppard family from Caerphilly

During our WW1 Roadshows in March a lovely lady called Sandy Crane came to see us at Haverfordwest with a wonderful collection of WW1 memorabilia relating to her family.

One feels quite privileged to be given the opportunity of looking through personal items which hold such mixed emotions and memories.


This is a picture of Frank with his mother Flora in 1917

There was an exercise book which contained some interesting entries written by Frank. Sandy’s father was Frank’s nephew.   Within the pages of the exercise book, Frank Sheppard  gives  the most detailed account of his days from joining the 11th reserve Cavalry Regiment at Tidworth.  The entries date from December 21st 1915 through to sometime in 1917. Franks descriptions for learning to ride a horse and doing the musketing course paints a vivid picture of his experiences during this time and shows how the soldiers were trained in preparation for battle during the war. Frank came from Caerphilly.

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10 pages from the exercise book and many other images contributed by Sandy Crane will form a larger collection which will be available to view on the People’s Collection Wales website later this year as part of the WW1 Commemoration project.

This photo shows Walter Sheppard who was Frank’s brother during WW1 sitting on a camel with the pyramids in the background. We have no information with regards to the other people in the photo other than Walter is on the left camel.


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Story by Hazel Thomas


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