SHIELS, Walter

Service Number: 426
Enlisted: 9 August 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 5th Machine Gun Battalion
Born: Rosewater, South Australia, date not yet discovered
Home Town: Rosewater (Greytown), Port Adelaide Enfield, South Australia
Schooling: Marist Brothers School, South Australia
Occupation: Farm hand
Died: Died of wounds, France, 29 April 1918, age not yet discovered
Cemetery: St Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Adelaide Treasurer and Chief Secretary Roll of Honour, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Rosewater Marist Brothers Port Adelaide Roll of Honour, Rosewater War Memorial, Rosewater Womens Memorial Roll of Honour WW1, Rosewater Womens Memorial Roll of Honour WW1, Somerton Park Sacred Heart College Men of "The Marist Brothers Old Scholars Association" Honor Roll WW1
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World War 1 Service

9 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Bugler, 426, 32nd Infantry Battalion
18 Nov 1915: Involvement 426, 32nd Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '17' embarkation_place: Adelaide embarkation_ship: HMAT Geelong embarkation_ship_number: A2 public_note: ''
18 Nov 1915: Embarked 426, 32nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Geelong, Adelaide
29 Apr 1918: Involvement Private, 426, 5th Machine Gun Battalion, --- :awm_ww1_roll_of_honour_import: awm_service_number: 426 awm_unit: 5th Australian Machine Gun Battalion awm_rank: Private awm_died_date: 1918-04-29

Extract from Nephew Paul Sheils

He should be given prominence as a ‘fallen hero’ where the more public are exposed to his heroism. In fact, all those decorated ex-servicemen/women from the Port Adelaide area should have a prominent site for the public to be aware of their heroism. My uncle, No.426 Private Walter Shiels from Rosewater joined the Army at 18 ½ went to France and was badly wounded. He spent six months in a hospital in England before being shipped back to France where he was assigned as a runner between trenches. For this he was awarded the Military Medal at 19 ½. He was killed just after he turned 20 and is buried in Rouen, France. He like many others gave so much in their short (18 months) Army life.

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