Innocents at sea when war declared

The Lincolnshire Free Press report of George Shield's DCM in 1915.
The Lincolnshire Free Press report of George Shield's DCM in 1915.
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The Shield boys from Littleworth, near Deeping St Nicholas, endured their fair share of injuries from the First World War.

Nephew Albert Shield does not think any of them served in the Second World War, though he does have memories of his father Baden’s work at that time.

Albert says: “I remember my father going away to Loughborough and I didn’t know why, but actually he was in charge of people from neutral countries who were at sea when war was declared. They were from all parts of the world.

“Their ships were impounded and they were put into this camp at Loughborough. That’s a bit of bad luck, isn’t it?

“Occasionally my mother would take us up there and we would spend a weekend with my dad and I remember it was a beautiful area and we used to walk through the woods. The people used to go out to work on farms.”

As an adult, Albert served for seven years as a regular soldier with the 4th/7th Royal Dragoon Guards.

He then joined Adams, the butcher, as national sales manager, working there for nearly 30 years until ill health forced early retirement.