Lionel Norman Shepherd

Lionel Norman Shepherd was born in Bath, Somerset on 8 June 1900.

Son of George Herbert and Leila Shepherd who managed The Swan Hotel, Churchgate, Bolton.

He appears as 'Norman' on the 1911 Census rather than Lionel Norman.

Norman was at Aberdeen Grammar School, Scotland before arriving at Bolton Church Institute, where he was a pupil from 17 Jan 1911 (IIIB) to 10 Feb 1912 (IIIB) alongside his younger brother, Patrick Saxon Shepherd. He later attended The Commercial School, Haslingden.

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Norman's War

Norman enlisted on 7 May 1917 in the RNVR London Division. On his service record his birth date is given as 27 April 1899, presumably one year earlier than his actual date.

He is described as being 5’ 11” tall with brown hair, blue eyes and a fresh complexion.

He moved from the rating of Able Seaman to Telegraphist on 21 September 1917.

He died on 2 July 1918 in hospital at Gibraltar from injuries sustained when the SS Queen was sunk by the German submarine U53 on 28 June 1918, off the coast of Spain.

His brother, Patrick Saxon Shepherd, served as an officer with Naval Intelligence during the Second World War.





Lionel Norman Shepherd

Telegraphist: London Z/6616

SS Queen
Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve

Born: Bath, Somerset 8 June 1900

Died: 2 July 1918 Gibraltar

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