Richard Thompson SHIELDS

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SHIELDS, Richard Thompson

Service Number: 784
Enlisted: 24 August 1914, Morphettville, South Australia
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 1st Pioneer Battalion
Born: Moonta, South Australia, 24 July 1891
Home Town: Moonta, Copper Coast, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Died of wounds, France, 18 August 1916, aged 25 years
Cemetery: Warloy-Baillon Communal Cemetery Extension
Warloy-Baillon Communal Cemetery Extension, Warloy-Baillon, Picardie, France
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Moonta All Saint's Anglican Church Memorial Honour Roll, Moonta War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

24 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Morphettville, South Australia
20 Oct 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 784, 10th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières
20 Oct 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 784, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ascanius, Adelaide
18 Aug 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 784, 1st Pioneer Battalion, Battle for Pozières

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Biography

"LATE CPL. R. T. SHIELDS.

Cpl. Richard T. Shields, who was killed in France on August 18, was the eldest son of Mr. W. Shields, one of Moonta's oldest residents. Cpl- Shields enlisted at the beginning of the war, and went away with the first soldiers of the 10th Battalion. He served for some months at Gallipoli, and on the evacuation was sent to Malta. From Malta he went to Egypt and joined another unit so that he might go to France with the first contingent. The deceased was 25 years of age, a keen sport, and highly popular." - from the Adelaide Observer 14 Oct 1916 (nla.gov.au)

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