LIEUTENANT NAPIER GUY SHEPPEY SHEPPEY-GREENE
QUEEN'S OWN ROYAL WEST KENT REGIMENT
14TH JUNE 1918 AGE 34
BURIED: PERNOIS BRITISH CEMETERY, HALLOY-LES-PERNOIS, FRANCE
Educated at Malvern, Eastbourne and Worcester College Oxford, Sheppey-Greene attended Lincoln Theological College and was ordained in 1907. The Latin tag on his headstone, 'Miserere Jesu', Jesus mercy, suggests he may have been a Roman Catholic, but Sheppey-Greene was a Church of England clergyman, albeit High Church. Between 1907 and 1915, when he joined the army, Sheppey-Greene was a curate at St Chad's, Haggerston, an east end Anglo-Catholic church; St Cyprian's, Clarence Gate, a mission church in Marylebone, and St Thomas's Clapton another High Anglican Church.
Despite being a priest, Sheppey-Greene served as a soldier. It would be interesting to know why he decided to do this rather than serve as a padre but there doesn't appear to be information on this. In September 1915, he was gazetted a Second Lieutenant in the 3rd Battalion Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment, and Lieutenant in March 1918. At the time of his death, he was attached to the 7th Battalion. The war diary makes no mention of any action on or around the 14th June but nevertheless Sheppey-Greene died of wounds in a Casualty Clearing Station at Halloy-les-Pernois and is buried in the adjacent cemetery.