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Depiction of the Siege of Sebastopol
|Died||23 December 1864 (aged 37)
Bombay, British India
|Buried at||St. Thomas Cathedral, Mumbai|
|Unit||23rd Regiment of Foot|
Shields was approximately 29 years old and a corporal in the 23rd Regiment of Foot (later the Royal Welch Fusiliers) of the British Army during the Crimean War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the Victoria Cross:
On 8 September 1855 at Sebastopol, Crimea, near the Redan, Corporal Shields volunteered to go out with Assistant Surgeon William Henry Thomas Sylvester to an exposed and dangerous part of the front, to bring in an officer who was wounded, and was afterwards found to be mortally so.
- The London Gazette: . 24 February 1857.