Bombardier Francis Eric Sheals (1486508) served in 5th Battery, 2nd Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery during the Second World War. Known as Eric, he was the youngest son of Hugh Townley Sheals and Frances “Fanny” Sheals (née Timbey) of “Arden”, 442 Lisburn Road, Belfast.
Eric attended Belfast Royal Academical Institution before gaining employment as a civil engineer on the staff of the Belfast City Surveyor’s Department. Along with his brother Hubert Stanley Sheals, he played on the team of Balmoral Golf Club. Eric enlisted in the British Army in September 1939, posted to the Middle East in December of the same year.
Bombardier Sheals died on 4th January 1942 aged 29 years old. His grave is in Section 7, Row C, Grave 5 of Benghazi War Cemetery, Benghazi, Libya.