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VC91   John Sheppard

BORN   22 September 1817

DIED   17 December 1884  AGE   67

VC Won  15 July 1855  AGE  37

Place VC Won  Sebastopol, Crimea

War/Campaign  Crimean War

Name   John Sheppard  No.   

VC Issue No.   91   Awards   VC    CGM

Regiment   Royal Navy, Naval Brigade



Rank VC Won   Boatswain's Mate

Rank End Of Career   Boatswain First Class

Place Of Birth  Hull, Yorkshire, England

Place Of Death   At the home of Mr John Harris, Padstow, Cornwall, England

Buried/Location Ashes  Padstow Cemetery, Cornwall, England


Date Buried/Cremated   

Headstone   Headstone   Plot/Grave no.   

Gazetted   24 February 1857

VC Presented   1857, CO HMS Highflyer


P  Headstone, Padstow Cemetery, Cornwall, England

P  Name on V.C. Memorial, Paragon Square, Hull, Yorkshire

By The Way…

Gazetted as 'Shepheard'

Headstone shows age of 68

VC Held By

National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London



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In an early example of a commando raid, John Sheppard constructed a small punt to enable him to plant an explosive device on the side of a Russian ship. He failed on two attempts but both were carried out in the face of great danger

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Crimean War

Thank you to Ian Stubbs for photos of V.C. Memorial, Paragon Square, Hull