Of the two John Shepherds on the Wheatley list of those serving , this was John Herbert Shepherd born in Wheatley in 1898, second son of William R. Shepherd, coal carter, and Polly nee Knight, both Wheatley-born and living on Church Road. In 1911 Polly was listed as a widow and charwoman, still living on Church Road, and her son John was at that time a general labourer. He attended the Congregational Chapel Sunday School in 1902. The Medal Rolls Index Cards show him as having enlisted with the Machine Gun Corps, No. 15414 and then the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. In 1921 John was living on his own in Church Road.