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23667   Private George Shields
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 01/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 7th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 07/09/1897
Died: 01/07/1916 (Died of Wounds)
Age: 18
George Shields was the eldest son of Hugh and Alice Shields. He was born in Ballinderry on 7th September 1897. He was one of seven children. By 1911, the family had moved to Coagh. His father was a scutcher and his mother was a spinner in the local mill. Private Shields went to the Front in France on 1st February 1916. He was a despatch rider. Private George Shields died of wounds on 15th June 1916 in France.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Philosophe British Military Cemetery
  Mazingarbe, Pas-de-Calais, 4
Grave Ref: Grave 1-F-30
CWGC Casualty 68031
Philosophe lies between Bethune and Lens. From the Lens-Bethune road (N43), follow the D165E road for 400 metres to a right turn. The cemetery lies to the left 100 metres along this track. The first CWGC sign for the cemetery is at the junction of the N43 and the D165E.
Local Memorial Details

No Memorial Name Townland
1 Coagh Soldiers and Sailors War Memorial 2013 - WW1- Panel 2 Coagh
2 Coagh War Memorial Coagh
Local Institute / Local Book Details

No Name Page
1 Cookstown War Dead Book WW1 125
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists ' Sheals' family Lists George as age 3 living with the family at house 11 in Ballinderry, Salterstown, Londonderry
2 1911 Census lists Shields family 1911 census lists John as age 13 at house 24 in Urbal, Coagh, Tyrone
3 Photo of Private George Shields' grave
4 National Archives UK Medal card can be purchased here
5 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Private George Shields' grave can be purchased here
Cookstown District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2010-2023