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Walter Edward SHIELLS

Regimental number1182
Date of birth1892
Place of birthYarram, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, T Shiells, Bridge Street, Benalla, Victoria
Enlistment date29 September 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name6th Battalion, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/23/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on 22 December 1914
Regimental number from Nominal RollComissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll58th Battalion

2nd Lieutenant

Unit: 58th Battalion
Promotion date: 12 August 1917


Unit: 58th Battalion
Promotion date: 1 March 1918

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 31089 (31 December 1918); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61 (23 May 1919).

FateReturned to Australia 10 June 1919

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and good leadership. He led his platoon with great determination in a rush on two enemy machine gun posts, which were holding up part of the advance, captured the positions and killed the garrisons. Later, he cleared several large enemy dug outs, and took the occupants prisoners. He advanced with his plation in the face of point blank fire from a field gun, and captured the anti-tank gun and its crew. He showed great coolness and initiative.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Discharge date4 October 1919
Family/military connectionsBrother: 954 Pte Leslie John SHIELLS, 15th Bn, killed in action, 12 May 1915.
Other detailsMedals: Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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