James Shields

James Shields of Derry~Londonderry died on 8th February 1944 as 8th (Belfast) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment came under heavy fire in the Battle of the Admin Box.


James Shields


Gunner James Shields (1487581) served in 21st Battery, 8th (Belfast) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery during the Second World War. He was the son of Henry Shields and Jane Shields (née Hawthorne), and the husband of Emma Shields of Derry~Londonderry.

Gunner Shields died on 8th February 1944 aged 43 years old. On this day, Japanese troops placed heavy fire with shells and mortars on the position of 21st Battery. 8th (Belfast) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment provided valuable support for XV Corps during what became known as the Battle of the Admin Box during the Second Arakan battle in Burma.

Gunner Shields’ grave is in Section 11, Row D, Grave 13 of Taukkyan War Cemetery. His headstone bears the inscription:

At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.

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