John Sheppard VC

John Sheppard (22/09/1817 – 17/12/1884) was award the Victoria Cross for his actions during the Crimean War.

The Citation, recorded in the London Gazette of Issue: 21971, Page: 652, reads:

“John Shepherd, Boatswain.

On 15 July 1855 at Sebastopol, Crimean Peninsula, Boatswain’s Mate Sheppard went into the harbour at night, in a Punt (boat) which he had especially constructed for the purpose, with an explosive device with which he intended to blow up one of the Russian warships. He managed to get past the enemy’s steamboats at the entrance of Careening Bay, but was prevented from getting further by a long string of boats carrying enemy troops. He made a second attempt on 16 August but although both these actions were unsuccessful, they were boldly conceived and carried out in the face of great danger.”

He is buried in Padstow Cemetery, Padstow, Cornwall.

John Sheppard VC 22/09/1817 – 17/12/1884

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