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Lieutenant William Francis Waugh Shields

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9th Kings Shropshire Light Infantry (KSLI)
attached to the 5th KSLI - British Army
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Image of plaque on tree N233 for William Shields
Image of Service Medal - 1914-15 Star Image of Service Medal - British War Medal Image of Service Medal - Victory Medal
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William was born in Bacchus Marsh, VIC in 1892 to Rev. William Henry Shields and Margaret Louisa Sinclair.

Rev. Shields was temporarily filling the position of Rev. Williams(1) and returned, with his family, to England in 1894(2). They did return to Australia but were resident in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England when William jnr. entered Ellesmere College in 1905, aged 12.

William enlisted in the Officer Training Corps and, following the outbreak of war received his commission as a 2nd Lieutenant on the same day as he received his Degree - aged 22. He was gazetted as a Lieutenant in December and attached to the 5th Kings Shropshire Light Infantry(1) before landing in France in May 1915.

William was killed in action on the 25th of September 1915.

He is listed on the Roll of Honour for Bacchus Marsh and District, published in The Bacchus Marsh Express on the 21st of December 1918. He is also remembered at the Ypres(Menin Gate) Memorial and the Ellesmere College War Memorial.


  1. The Bacchus Marsh Express 13 Nov 1915
  2. The Bacchus Marsh Express 17 Feb 1894

Location of Tree Number N233

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Tree Position (accuracy ±1 tree) latitude = -37.688042236932766 longtitude = 144.47026580572128

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