Lance Corporal R. Shiels (or Shields)


The background of this man is not known at present.

R. Shiels (or Shields) enlisted in the 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons Service Squadron between 2 and 13 November 1914 (No. UD/135). He was mentioned in a report in the Belfast News-Letter on 23 June 1915:

Gymkana at Magilligan.

A successful gymkana in connection with the service squadron of the Inniskilling Dragoons was held on Magilligan Strand, County Derry, on Saturday, before a large number of interested spectators.
The final event was a Victoria Cross race, in which each competitor was mounted and carried a dummy figure. The course was over 300 yards, including two jumps, and there were forty entries, the event being run in heats. H. Brownlee, No. 2 Troop, 1; R. Shields, No. 4 troop, 2; M. Daragh, No. 4 Troop, 3.

On 6 October 1915 Shiels embarked for France with his squadron, which was then serving as divisional cavalry to the 36th (Ulster) Division.

In June 1916 the squadron was brought together with B and C Squadrons of the North Irish Horse to form the 2nd North Irish Horse Regiment, serving as corps cavalry to X Corps. In September 1917 the regiment was disbanded and its men were transferred to the infantry. By that time, however, Shiels was no longer with the regiment. It is probable that he had returned to the Inniskillings reserve depot at Enniskillen, perhaps following illness or injury.

In July 1918 he was transferred to the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (No.47840), and in December 1918 or January 1919 to the Military Foot Police (No. P/17894). He was demobilised and transferred to Class Z, Army Reserve, on 12 June 1919.


This page last updated 12 March 2023.