Robert Shields

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Robert Shields
The Battle of Sebastopol.png
Depiction of the Siege of Sebastopol
Born 1827
Cardiff, Wales
Died 23 December 1864 (aged 37)
Bombay, British India
Buried at St. Thomas Cathedral, Mumbai
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Corporal
Unit 23rd Regiment of Foot
Battles/wars Crimean War
Awards Victoria Cross

Robert Shields VC (1827 – 23 December 1864) was a Welsh recipient of the Victoria Cross. He was born in Cardiff, Wales, in 1827 and died in Bombay, India, in 1864.


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.[1]


  1. ^ The London Gazette: no. 21971. p. 659. 24 February 1857.