Goodbye To An Old Soldier
John Sheppard (born 6.8.1915) enlistedinto 5th Bn The Leicestershire Regiment (TA) on 18.5.1932 at Market Harborough. Served as Platoon Sergeant Major in Norway with 1/5th Battalion in World War Two and was awarded the D.C.M. (L.G. 11.10.1945) for his actions as the Mortar Platoon Commander, at Tretten, Norway, on 23.4.1940. Using a Boyes anti-tank rifle, he was the first man to knock out a German tank in the Second World War. Taken Prisoner of War, he was in camps in Bavaria and Poland until his release in May 1945.
After being demobilized in October 1945, he later served with the 1st Battalion in Hong Kong, 1948-1950. He is listed in the shadow promotion roll in the Green Tiger of May 1951 as Sergeant. Later served with The Royal Warwickshire Regiment. He was a member of the General Committee of The Royal Tigers' Association for nearly 50 years, retiring as Vice-Chairman in 2006. Member (and sometime Vice-President) of the Hindoostan Dinner Club 1969-2009.
On 27.9.2014 he was one of two Tigers who unveiled the Regiment's memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum. He died in Leicester Royal Infirmary on 26 Feb 2015, aged 99 years.