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Name: John SHIELD
Casualty No.: Ranks: Ordinary Telegraphist Initials: J Service No.: D/JX 179521
Date of Birth : - Place of Birth : Age at Death: 27
Unit: HMS Stanley, Royal Navy.
Former Unit(s):
Place Enlisted:
Place of Residence: Emmaville, West Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Home Address: 1 Moor View, Emmaville, West Ryton on Tyne, Co .Durham.
Previous Address:
Civilian Employment: Employed by the Newcastle firm of solicitors, Wilkinson and Marshall.
How Died: Lost at sea.
Date of Death: Friday 19th December 1941
Place of Death: Atlantic Ocean
Battle/Campaign: Battle of the Atlantic
Locally Commemorated: Ryton War Memorial, Station Bank, Ryton on Tyne, Co .Durham. St John's Church, Roll of Honour, Greenside, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
UK Commemorated: Plymouth Naval Memorial, Devon.
Overseas Commemorated: -
Buried: No known grave.
Decoration and Medals: 1939-45 Star. Atlantic Star. War Medal.
Photographs: 0
Service Records: No
Death Notice/Obituary: Blaydon Courier, 16th January 1942. Newcastle Journal, 14th January, 1942.
Family Details:
Son of John S. and Elizabeth J. Shield, of 1 Moor View, Emmaville, West Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Notes : John was educated at Blaydon Secondary School, Blaydon on Tyne, Co. Durham. His father was a well known colliery official and deputy overman at Emma Colliery. HMS Stanley was formerly an overage American destroyer (USS McCalla) that was transferred to the Royal Navy in October 1940. She was sunk in the Atlantic Ocean by a single torpedo fired by U 574. The ship exploded and sunk within twelve minutes.
Sources Used: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour Register.
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