Lance Corporal Ralph Shiell

Lance Corporal Ralph Dodds Shiell, 21st Battalion ( 2nd Tyneside Scottish ), Northumberland Fusiliers. He was killed in action in France on 10th April 1917, aged 36, during the Battle of Arras. He was the son of Helen and the late John Shiells od Raecleughhead, Duns and is buried in Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, Souchez, France. He had been born in Tweedmouth and had already served with the Royal Scots Greys in the South African War. His Headstone is inscribed ” Rest My Dear Son, Rest Thy Warfare Is Over”. He fell in the assault on that part of the German defences called the “Brown” line which had not been captured the previous day ( the first day of the Battle ). The attack was completely successful although some casualties were suffered as the position was consolidated during the day. The photos show troops during the Battle.

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