1918-2008: Ninety Years of Remembrance

Soldier Record

John Robert Shale

Contributed by: William Reay, on 2008-11-11

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Rank
First Name John Robert
Surname Shale
Year of Birth 1890
Year of Death 1916
Regiment Royal Northumberland Fusiliers
Place of Wartime Residence Newcastle Upon Tyne, Northumberland

John Robert's Story

John Robert Shale was born on the 17th May 1890 in Benwell Newcastle Northumberland, 5th eldest son of Elizabeth Denton and Richard Shale, little is known of his early life except he was a coal miner in 1901 he met and married Elizabeth Wilson in 1912 they had three children two girls and a boy, the eldest daughter died in 1914. John was probably conscripted into the army sometime in 1916, he joined the 1st/5th battalion Northumberland Fusiliers as Pte J.R. Shale service No 2242 the same battalion as his elder Thomas Denton Shale had joined in 1915, John was then transferred to the 1st/6th battalion his service No 8126 now. The battalion was sent to the Somme battle front in France aboard the RMS Victoria from Southampton.

On the morning of the 15th September the 1st/6th, 5th, 4th and 7th battalions of the Northumberlands as part of 149th brigade and 142nd infantry brigades 50th division went over the top heading for the high woods at Bazentin, this was the battle of Flers-Courcelette.

By the end of the day the 6th battalion war diary states that the 6th Northumbelands had suffered 279 casualties on this day sadly John Robert Shale was amongst them killed in action 15th September 1916.

John is buried at Bazentin-Le-Petit military cemetery extension on the Somme.

His elder brother Thomas Denton Shale died of wounds in June 1915 and is buried near Ypres Belgium.

My great uncle John Robert Shale

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