SHIELDS – Leslie Royal Artillery 7th Battery

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NameSHIELDS – Leslie
Regiment (s)Royal Artillery 7th Battallion
Regiment Number (s)
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
8th August 1826 / 19 years / Ross Lodge Antrim Ireland
Labourer
Description – Height
Complexion/Eyes/Hair/Scars
5 Ft 10 In
Fair / Blue / Light Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationCorfu – 6 years 11 months
Newfoundland – 3 years 3 months
Length of Service21 years 195 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargeColour Sergeant / 11th January 1848 / Woolwich Kent England
Campaign MedalsNot yet known
Intended Residence at
Discharge
Not yet known
Pension Districts1848 Chatham
1849 Woolwich
1849 Chatham
1850 Chatham
1852 2nd West London
1853 1st Belfast
1853 Ballymena
1855 Chatham
1855 2nd West London
1856 Western Australia
1863 New South Wales
1868-1881 Victoria
Pension Paid1/10d per diem
Increased October 1848 to 2/0d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
5th June 1856 Plymouth England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
RUNNYMEDE 7th September 1856
Date/Place of Birthc1807 Drumcose Londonderry Ireland
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known
Father
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Mother
Date/Place of Birth
Marriage
Not yet known
SiblingsNot yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
Possible WHITE Mary Ann (widow)
c1790 Suffolk England
Date/Place of Marriage31st October 1835/Plumstead Kent England
Children by 1st WifeNot yet known
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Marriage
Not yet known
Land Grants Western
Australia
None
Occupation after
Arrival
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesNot yet known
Departure from Western
Australia
Not yet known. He was paid in WA until 31 March 1863
Date/Place of Death/Burial29th May 1881 Immigrants House Melbourne Victoria See NAA Reel B 2712 roll 1 Entry 356
Date/Place of Death/Burial
Wife
Possible Mary Shields died 1872 aged 85 Victoria
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationDischarge due to stricture of the urethra and chronic rheumatism
Comment on WO23/53 states “Turkey” which appears to indicate he was involved in the Turkish Contingent which was raised from discharged officers and soldiers (volunteers) in an effort to assist the regular army during the Crimean War.
The 1851 Census has him living with his wife Mary at 6 Plumstead Place Greenwich. May was aged 61 years and born in Suffolk – no children on census