Coleshill Remembers World War 1
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Entry for Second Lieutenant Edward Shine DCM
2nd Battalion South Staffs Regiment and Royal Warwickshire Regiment
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Commemorated on the plaque at the Roman Catholic Church. Edward Shine was born in 1887 in Middlesborough, Yorkshire. He was the third son of Cornelius (born in Ireland) and Elizabeth Shine of Middlesborough. By 1901 Edward was living at the St Pauls Home Certified School for Boys, Lower High Street, Coleshill. He was recorded as a 'half time Tailor'. Edward enlisted in the 2nd Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment on 16th July 1903 in Birmingham, aged 15 years and 11 months (service number 6849). After training he joined his Regiment in Agfa, India, on 10th February 1904. The Battalion served in India and Burma until 1907, then Pretoria, South Africa, until returning to England in 1911. Corporal Edward Shine was living at the Whittington Barracks near Lichfield in 1911 where he was an infantry soldier with the 2nd Battalion South Staffs Regiment. Edward was married in 1913 to Charlotte and they had a daughter Norah, born in 1913, and a son, Edward J Shine, born in 1915. In 1914 Sergeant Edward Shine was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal "for gallant conduct in 10th September 1914, at Villiers-Cotterets, in assisting a wounded man across open ground for a distance of 800 yards, under a heavy fire." On 30th January 1918 he was made Second Lieutenant and transferred from the South Staffordshire Regiment to the Royal Warwickshire Regiment (service number 23519). Second Lieutenant Edward Shine DCM of the 15th Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment was killed in action on 20th October 1918 and is remembered in the Viesly Communal Cemetery, France. He was awarded the 1914 Star, British and Victory medals.