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17/04/2017 The Canadian Circumstances of Death Register records that Private Shea was killed in action on 2nd October 1918. He was killed instantly by an enemy shell while moving up to a forward position near Tilloy.
09/04/2017 Private Richard Shea, Machine Gun Corps, Canadians, who was killed in action on the 1st October 1918, was a nephew of Mrs Sloan, Union Place, Dungannon.
09/04/2017 From the Belfast Newsletter dated 18th October 1918:
30/12/2015 When Richard enlisted in Winnipeg, Canada on 15th November 1915, he gave his next of kin as his sister Margaretta Catherine Shea. Her address was given as Ballinaspottage, Augher, County Tyrone.
30/12/2015 Private Richard Shea, Machine Gun Corps, Canadians, killed in action on the 1st October 1918, was the brother of Miss M C Shea, Union Place, Dungannon.
30/12/2015 Richard Shea was the son of Michael John and Mary Shea. According to his enlistment documents, Richard was born in Gorey, County Wexford on 8th April 1892. However, consistent census returns make his birth around 1890.
30/12/2015 The 1901 census lists Richard as age 11 living with the family at house 1 in Ballycomclone, Courtown, County Wexford. Ballycomclone lies just east of Gorey. Both his mother and his father were teachers.
30/12/2015 By the time of the 1911 census, Michael John Shea had died. Richard was 21 years old and living with his mother and sister at house 16 in Ballaghmore Lower, Kyle, Queen's County (County Laois). Richard was still a student.
30/12/2015 From the Tyrone Courier and Dungannon News dated 9th October 1918:
30/12/2015 Richard Shea emigrated to Canada.
30/12/2015 Richard was an electrician by trade.
30/12/2015 Private Richard Shea was serving with the 27th Battalion of the Canadian Infantry when he was killed in action on 1st October 1918. He was 26-28 years old.
30/12/2015 At the time of his death, newspaper reports note his sister Margaretta was living at Union Place, Dungannon with her aunt, Mrs Sloan.
30/12/2015 Private Shea is buried in Canada Cemetery, Tilloy-les-Cambrai, a village on the north-western outskirts of the town of Cambrai.
30/12/2015 The CWGC record Private Richard Shea as the son of Michael John and Mary Shea, of Kiltennell, Gorey, Co. Wexford, Ireland.
30/12/2015 Also recorded in the 1911 census, Richard's brother, John Charles Shea, was a teacher living in Annaghilla, Favor Royal, Tyrone near Augher.
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