Chailey Parish magazine first mentions Frederick Walter Shepherd in a special list of attested men in January 1916. This almost certainly indicates that he attested under the Derby Scheme. In October 1916 he is noted as a gunner with the Royal Garrison Artillery and this information is repeated up to and including December 1918.
In June 1916, The East Sussex News carried this small article:
HEAD GARDENER & MILITARY SERVICE
At the sitting of the County Appeal Tribunal at Lewes last
Thursday, the Military appealed in the case of F W Shepherd, gardener in the
employ of Mr W G Cotesworth of Roeheath who was granted conditional exemption
from military service by the Chailey Rural District Tribunal while remaining in
his present occupation. Mr Cotesworth
attended in support of the decision of the local Tribunal. The Tribunal granted the appeal, but allowed
the man exemption for six weeks.