Richard Shield

Memorial: Filton - Community Centre

Regiment: Royal Canadian Regiment

Medals: British War Medal, Next of Kin Memorial Plaque 1914 - 1921, Victory Medal

Rank and number: Private 477833

Parents: Philip and Emma Shield

Home address: Home address: Plough Inn, Filton, Bristol Lived: Grey County, North Ontario, Canada

Pre-war occupation: Dairyman

Date of birth: 1888

Place of birth: Filton, Bristol

Date of death: 07/09/1918

Age: 30

Further information:

Richard was born at Filton, the son of the publican of the Plough Inn in Filton. He was the youngest child of four children with two brothers and a sister and his father died in1889 when Richard was a baby. In 1891 Richard’s mother was running the pub on her own but in 1901 although Richard, his sister and one of his brothers were still living at the Plough, it was being run by his Aunt and her family, with no record of his mother.

By 1911 Richard had emigrated to Canada and was living in Ontario from where he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Regiment and set out for France with the Canadian Expeditionary Force. Richard was killed in action during the Allied Hundred Days Offensive (8 August – 11 November 1918) that brought about the end of WW1 but at a cost of over a million allied casualties. The cemetery where he is buried was used by field ambulances and fighting units in the front line.

By kind permission, this information is based on the following source(s):

This information has been provided by Sarah Hands, Volunteer Researcher for the South Gloucestershire War Memorials Web Site.
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