PRIVATE ROBERT M. SHIELDS was the son of Henry and Victoria Shields. He was born in Franklinville NJ on November 4, 1895. His father was a draftsman at one of Camden's shipyards. The family was living at 2934 Westfield Avenue in East Camden when the census was taken in 1910. The following Census, taken in 1910, saw the family living at 923 Collings Avenue in Collingswood NJ. Robert Shields had been a member of Collingswood Presbyterian Church.
Robert Shields was at the training camp at Fort Riley, Kansas on May 29, 1917 when he filled out a draft card. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on December 15, 1917 and was sent to Parris Island for training. In February of 1918 he was sent to Quantico, Virginia to join the 2nd Replacement Battalion. After going overseas Private Shield was transferred to the 81st Company, 6th Machine Gun Battalion.
On June 15, 1918 Private Robert M. Shields was wounded in action. He died of his wounds the next day. It was reported that he had died of wounds in France on June 29, 1918. A Chicago, Illinois newspaper gave his hometown as Edgewater, New Jersey.
The Tatem-Shields Post American Legion Post 17 at 622 Atlantic Avenue in Collingswood NJ is named in part for Robert Shields.
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