Private John Shiell

Private John Dodds Shiell, 9th Battalion, Gordon Highlanders. He died on 31st March 1918 of wounds received during the German Spring Offensive, aged 27 and is buried in Wimereux Communal Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. He was the second son of William Shiell of Blackburn, Grantshouse, Berwickshire and had been born at Butterdean, Grantshouse. ( He is also commemorated on the Fogo War Memorial.  9th Gordons were part of the 44th Brigade and were the pioneer Battalion of the 15th( Scottish) Division. He had been educated at Milfield and Cranshaws schools. Before enlisting in November 1914 he had been employed as a farm servant with Mr Calder of Bogend, Duns. He went to France in July 1915 and took part in the Battle of Loos. During the Battle of the Somme he had been slightly wounded by shellfire on 21st October 1916.

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