|Place of birth||Norwood, South Australia|
|School||Norwood and Cowandilla Public Schools, South Australia|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||Hilton PO, Hilton, South Australia|
|Age at embarkation||30|
|Next of kin||Wife, Mrs H M Shiers, Hilton PO,|
|Previous military service||Nil|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||10th Battalion, 12th Reinforcement|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/27/3|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board RMS Malwa on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Private|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||10th Battalion|
|Fate||Killed in Action
|Place of burial||No known grave|
|Commemoration details||Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France
|Panel number, Roll of Honour,|
Australian War Memorial
|Family/military connections||Brothers:1739 Pte Alfred Ernest SHIERS, 50th Bn, returned to Australia, 19 December 1919; 6587 Pte Arthur Robert SHIERS, 10th Bn, returned to Australia, 16 June 1919; 3906 Pte Richard Dick SHIERS, 10th Bn, returned to Australia, 11 May 1919;  Lt Walter Henry SHIERS AFM, Australian Flying Corps, returned to Australia, 30 October 1919.|
War service: Western Front
Embarked from Adelaide, 2 December 1915. Admitted to 4th Auxiliary Hospital, Cairo, 17 January 1916 (mumps); discharged, 19 January 1916.
Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 29 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 4 April 1916.
Reported wounded in action, 29 July 1916; then reported wounded and missing in action; Court of Inquiry, 19 June 1917, determined fate as 'killed in action'.
Wife, Mrs Shiers, wrote to Base Records, 24 January 1917: '...In your letter of 18 December 1916 you reported that the Commanding Officer could not confirm that my husband had been killed in action. I have since heard from the Adelaide Red Cross that they received a statement from Pte O'Connell - he saw my husband lying dead at Pozieres on 25th July 1916 covered with a waterproof sheet. I hope you will kindly do your best to find the real facts of the case, the suspense is worse than the truth.'
3906 R.D. SHIERS wrote to Mrs Shiers, 2 August 1916: 'Dear Hilda, I hope this letter finds you in the Best of Health as it leaves me at present. Well Hilda you must exuse this short letter from me this time as I Relacy Dont no what to put in it. Well Hilda I am more than sorrey for you and the children. But Hilda Dont let it worrey you old girl it was for the Best. Cheer up and look on the Brighter side of things. I hope that you and your children wont be in the want for anythink. I hope they will Respect a widow and children. Hilda Dont take things to Hart. Hilda I have wroght to all telling them to pay you a visit more than what they were doing. I dont no of any more to speak about. I do but we are not allowed to put it in. I am going to tell you Hilda that Brother Bill got killed strate out he never lingered and was Buerried Respectable so Dont take things to heart of me telling you this. I am truly your Brother in law, Dick.'
Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
'In Memoriam' column, local newspaper, 1917: 'Sunshine passes, shadows fall,/ But love's sweet remembrance outlasts all./ He was a hero, noble and true,/ And wore the colours, purple-blue./His duty nobly done.' Inserted by his loving wife and four little children [Millicent, Leslie, Phyllis, Lawrence. Second entry reads: 'Our thoughts they often wander/ To the grave so far away, /Where they laid our darling brother/ Just one year ago to-day. /Inserted by his loving father and four brothers on active service abroad; also sister and brother-in-law, E. and J. Hocking.'