Friends of the Somme - Mid Ulster Branch  
6978374   Private Joseph Shiels
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Dated added: 04/09/2016   Last updated: 14/04/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 8th Battalion, Royal Scots (British Army)
Died: 15/09/1944 (Unknown)
Age: 27
Joseph Shiels was the son of John and Mary Jane Shields. He was born about 1917. Private Joseph Shiels was serving with the 8th Battalion of the Royal Scots when he died in Belgium on 15th September 1944. He was killed in the fierce fighting associated with the crossing of the Meuse-Escaut Canal during the first three weeks of September 1944.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Kasterlee War Cemetery
  Kasterlee, Antwerpen, 2
Grave Ref: Grave I-A-3
CWGC Casualty 2806905
Kasterlee War Cemetery is located 54 Kms north of Leuven and 53 Kms east of Antwerpen. From the front entrance of St. Willibrordus Kerk in the centre of Kasterlee, drive 850 metres down Geelsebaan (N 19) - in the direction of Geel and turn off to the right on to the 'Venheide' (opposite the Windmill), following the Commission sign. The cemetery is situated at this right turn.
References and Links
No Link Reference Map Doc
1 Photo of Private Joseph Shiels' grave
2 Private John Porter Also killed during the Meuse-Escaut Canal battle
3 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Private Joseph Shiels' grave can be purchased here
Magherafelt District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2014-2023