This is Dundee's story of those that served in the First World War, and of the people left at home
Alexander Neil Shields
- Date of enlistment:
- Place of enlistment: Carnoustie
- Service no: S/9243
- Rank: Private
- Regiment/Service: Black Watch
- Unit/Ship: 8th Battalion
- Place of Death: France
- Age at Death:
- Date of Death: 18/07/1916
- Burial Country: France
- Cemetery: Thiepval Memorial
- Grave/Mem Ref no: Pier and Face 10 A.
- Date of Birth:
- Place of Birth: Airlie
- Address: Auchterhouse
- Occupation: Farm Servant
More about Alexander Neil Shields
Alexander has no known grave but is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial.
Burgess was born and enlisted in Dundee. He is buried in Gorre British and Indian Cemetery, Pas de Calais , France, II. E. 12. Shields is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.BROTHERS-IN-LAW FALL IN ACTION. The photographs are of two Loch of Liff soldiers, a son and son-in-law respectively of Mr John Shields, grieve, who made the supreme sacrifice within a few days of each other. Both belonged to the Black Watch, but were members of different battalions.
Pte. Alexander Shields, the son, fell on the 18th of last month. He was 21 years of age, and previous to enlistment was a farm servant. Mr Shields’ son-in-law, Private James Burgess, was killed in action six days later. He was 26 years of age, and leaves a widow and two young children. Private Burgess was also an ex-farm servant, although for a time prior to his enlistment he was in the employment of Mr David Horsburgh, contractor, Dundee. The sincere sympathy of the district is extended to the family in their double bereavement. The Courier, Tuesday, 15 August 1916, 4.
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