|Queen's South Africa Medal with clasps for Tugela Heights and Relief of Ladysmith
China Medal with clasp for Relief of Pekin to D. Shepherd HMS Terrible
David Shepherd was born on July 5, 1865 in Skirlaugh, Yorkshire.
At the time of the 1871 census he is living with his parents David
(who was a labourer for a wine merchant) and Ann and his 3
brothers at 8 Park Terr., Kingston upon Hull.
The first entry on his SR is on Jan. 8, 1881 as a boy 2cl on HMS
St Vincent, he was promoted to boy 1cl in Dec '81 and he
remained on that ship until 1882. He appeared in the 1881 census
at home as a Sailor so presumably he was on leave when the
census was taken in April of that year.
His next ship was HMS Minotaur and it was on that ship that he
became an Ord in July 1883.
His career progressed as an AB in 1884 then a Leading Seaman in
1891 and after serving on some training ships he was promoted to
a PO2cl when he joined the newly commissioned HMS Centurian
in February 1894. Up until this time his conduct was described
as VG or at least good.........
......Something happened in Aug 1894 on HMS Centurian which caused
him to be reduced to AB and have his conduct rated as 'Fair". He
remained as an AB for 6 more years until he became once more, a
Leading Seaman in Feb. 1900 aboard HMS Terrible. His next ship was
HMS Barfleur and in 1901 he is once again a PO2cl. His next service
was aboard more training ships and in May 1902 he is promoted to
His Service Record includes the comment
"recommended for good services on shore with Naval Brigade"
The QSA roll refers to Mrs A. Shepherd living in Hull as his nearest
Only 88 recipients of the "double relief" medals
|Shepherd was MiD and appears in the London Gazette of |
March 12, 1901. The relevant passage is referenced in an
appendix in the book
"With the Naval Brigade in Natal" by Lieut. Burne
|The cruiser HMS Terrible was built at J & G |
Thomson's Clydebank Shipyard and launched on
27 May 1895. At 538 feet, the 14,200-ton Terrible
was longer than contemporary battleships. She was
fitted with forty-eight Belleville water-tube boilers,
which helped her achieve a speed of over 21 knots.
Following service in S. Africa and China and after a
refit, she went into the reserve fleet in 1904. During
the First World War she served as a troopship.
After the end of the war, Terrible was renamed
Fisgard III in August 1920 and converted to a
training ship. After twelve years of this, she was
sold on July 1932 for breaking up.