The Australian Boer War Memorial
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Trooper James Shields

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: James (Known as Jim) Robert SHIELDS

Ancestor's date of birth: 12/06/1877

Ancestor's date of death: 07/04/1961

Cause of Death: Hypostatic pneumonia - 5 days. Arteriosclerosis - years

Service Number: 94

Colony or State of enlistment: TAS, Place of Enlistment: Hobart

Unit: First Tasmanian Imperial Bushmen

Rank attained in Boer War: TPR, Date Effective: 11/04/1900

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): No record of post Boer War service

Murray Page: 560

Contingent: Third Tasmanian

Ship: Manhattan, Date of Sailing: 26/04/1900

Memorial details: Detalis not known

Decorations: Queen's South Africa Medal with clasps

Personal Characteristics: Jim was an expert axeman and won many wood chopping events. He also won many  organised  fist fights. He was a good shot with a rifle and an excellent horseman. He was used to living in the Tasmanian bush felling timber and building roads.

Reasons to go and fight: Probably for Queen and country - Adventure

Details of service in war: June 1900 - June 1901 in Free State and northern Transvaal including ambush at Zwartkloof (1 September 1900) and as part of 4th Imperial Bushmen Regt at battle of Rhenoster Kop (29 November 1900), in great De Wet hunt, in advance on Pietersburg including ambush outside the town where Sale killed (8 April 1901), and in advance into east Transvaal

Service and life after the Boer War: He married Mary Ann McGinty on 21 July 1905 and fathered seven children. He with his family moved to Victoria in the late 1920s. Two of his sons James and Leonard fought in WWII. His surviving grandchildren are Helen Nesbit, Donald Hyde, Joan Hogan, Josephine Woods, Ian Hyde, June Horsey, Roderick Shields, Jennifer Anderson.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Ian Nicholson Hyde, UMINA BEACH NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Maternal Grandson


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