Lance Sergeant Douglas R Shales

03 Jan 1945

Douglas Robert Shales, the son of Oscar and Loiusa Shales and husband of Florence Shales, of Birkenhead, enlisted into The Border Regiment, and volunteered for airborne forces.

Lance Sergeant Shales successfully completed parachute training on course 72 at RAF Ringway from 12 to 23 July 1943. His course report stated ‘A competent and cheerful N.C.O. and jumper’. He was posted to 4 Platoon,B Company, 13th (Lancashire) Parachute Battalion.

He fought in the Normandy campaign and took part in the 6th Airborne Division response to the German counter-offensive in the Ardennes, during Winter 1944-5.

L/Sgt Shales was killed in action on 3 January 1945, aged 25, and was buried in Bure, Tellin, (Belgium) temporary burial ground. He was later reinterred in Hotton War Cemetery on 22 May 1947.

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By Rod Gibson. Profile picture kindly supplied by J Shales 

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