Private James Shiell

Private James Shiell, 9th ( Highland ) Battalion , Royal Scots ( The Dandy Ninth ). He was killed by a shell splinter in action in France on 24th March 1918, aged 19 and is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France.  He had enlisted on 9th July 1915, aged 17 and was a Battalion Runner, a very dangerous occupation. The Battalion, part of the 61st Division, counter attacked that day in order to try and stem the German advance in the St Quentin sector. This was part of the great German Spring Offensive which was to push the British lines back over the old Somme battlefields.

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