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William SHIELDS

Regimental number983
Date of birth28 December 1893
Place of birthDeloraine, Tasmania
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationSleeper hewer
AddressEast Kirupp, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMrs M E Shields, Wynyard, Tasmania
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date23 September 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll22 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name11th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/28/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 31 October 1914
Regimental number from Nominal Roll8042
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll11th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 20 January 1919
Family/military connectionsBrothers: 2232 Pte Leonard Joseph PATRICK SHIELDS, 12th Bn, killed in action, 23-26 July 1916; 2522 Pte Clarence SHIELDS, 15th Bn, returned to Australia, 21 July 1918; 2842 Pte Arthur John SHIELDS, 12th Bn, died of wounds, 30 July 1916.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 2 March 1915.

Wounded in action, 25 April 1915 (shrapnel wound, ribs); admitted to 2nd Australian General Hospital, Ghezireh, Egypt, 26 May 1915; discharged to duty, 13 June 1915; rejoined unit at Gallipoli, 22 June 1915.

Wounded in action, 12 July 1915 (shrapnel wound, head); admitted to 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 12 July 1915; transferred to Fleet and embarked on HS 'Gascon'; disembarked Malta, 18 July 1915, and admitted to Floriana Hospital; transferred to All Saints' Convalescent Camp, 28 August 1915. Embarked for Egypt on HMT 'Karoa', 8 September 1915; taken on strength, Overseas Base, 15 September 1915.

Proceeded from Alexandria on board HMT 'Manitou' to rejoin unit at Gallipoli, 2 October 1915; rejoined unit, 15 October 1915. Admitted to 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 14 November 1915 (pyrexia); transferred to HS 'Syria', 16 November 1915 (enteric); embarked for Egypt, 18 November 1915; disembarked Alexandria, 21 November 1915, and admitted to 1st Australian General Hospital, Heliopolis. Reported dangerously ill, 28 November 1915; reported out of danger, 17 December 1915.

Commenced return to Australia from Suez on board HS 'Commonwealth', 21 January 1916; discharged, 9 June 1916.

Re-enlisted at Blackboy Hill, Western Australia, 10 September 1917; embarked on HMAT A60 'Aeneas', 30 October 1917, as 8042, Pte, 11th Bn, 27th Reinforcement; disembarked Devonport, England, 27 December 1917. Found guilty, 1 February 1918, of being absent without leave, 11 pm (?), 30 January, to 4 pm, 31 January 1918: awarded 5 days confined to barracks; forfeited 1 days pay.

Proceeded overseas to France, 2 March 1918; taken on strength, 11th Bn, 9 March 1918. Appointed Lance Corporal, 3 June 1918.

Wounded in action, 26 August 1918 (bayonet wound, left thigh); invalided to England, 26 August 1918, and admitted to Boxcombe Hospital, Hampshire, 28 August 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board 'Morvada', 4 January 1919 (bayonet wound, left thigh).

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death10 July 1977
Age at death83
Place of burialHarvey Cemetery, Western Australia

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