|i.||JOHN GILLIES7 SHIELDS8, b. 01 Feb 1882, Gateside Farm, Galston, Ayrshire, Scotland; d. 18 May 1960, Isley Walton, Leics; m. EMMA (EVA) ELEANOR CORNELIUS, 26 Jul 1917, Borris-in-Ossory, Queens Co. Eire; b. 13 Sep 1895, Ballytarsna, Borris-in-Ossory, Queens Co. Ireland; d. 11 May 1976, Derbyshire.|
Notes for JOHN GILLIES SHIELDS:|
Born in Scotland, his family moved to Leicestershire in 1883.
He served in WW 1 for the Leics. Regiment and was sent to Ireland to recover from the effects of gassing in the trenches. There he met Eva at the home of the Countess of Mount Cashel (Eva's cousin, Florence). They met again later when he was out riding past Ballytarsna and Eva was sitting on the fence watching for him. He told his fellow soldier that he was going to marry "that red-head"!
They married July 26th 1917 and the notes for Eva contain an account of their wedding.
He took over as the Land Agent from his father and managed the estates and farms owned by the family- the farms were rented out- around the Castle Donington, Isley Walton area of Leicestershire.
Capt. of Leics. Cricket team and wicket keeper. The story goes that he bought steaks en route to a game and stuffed them into his gloves, to prevent bruising! He also played for the Gentlemen v the Players at Lords.
He was an excellent horseman and one of the best shots in the county.
After his death, his son J. Gilles Shields inherited, in trust, all the lands with the exception of the Manor House and grounds along with the living of the United Benefice of Breedon and Worthington, and Longcliffe Quarry. In 1976, Gillies broke the Trust and sold Donington Hall to British Midland Airways and the Race Track and the lands at the Coppice where a Racing museum now stands. The Deer Park remains in the family.
More About JOHN GILLIES SHIELDS:|
Residence: 1901, Castle Donnington, Leicestershire, England8,8
Notes for EMMA (EVA) ELEANOR CORNELIUS:|
Always known as Eva Geraldine, her father got drunk on the way to register her birth and couldn't remember the correct names so named her after his sisters, Emma and Eleanor! This was not discovered until the birth certificate was produced for the wedding.
She met her future husband, Johnny Shields, when he was serving in WW 1 for the Leics. Regiment and was sent to Ireland to recover from the effects of gassing in the trenches. There he met Eva at the home of the Countess of Mouncashell (Eva's cousin, Florence).
The story about Eva marrying John Shields was handed down to all the children in N.Z by the 5 brothers. I think there were either rather envious or totally stunned that their big sister could sit on the front fence of the farm and "snare" a very eligible English army officer , and then leave Ireland for a life of perceived luxury in England, where as they were sent to N.Z where they had to work extremely hard for their uncle to repay their boat fare. I get the impression things were pretty tough in Ireland at the time and that the family was living on past glories.
"The Marriage of Lieut. J.G. Shields R.F.A. with Miss Eva Geraldine Cornelius
July 26th 1917
(As taken from a newspaper account)
The marriage of Lieutenant John Shields R.F.A. to Miss Eva Geraldine Cornelius, took place at the parish church, Borris-in Ossory, Queens Co. Ireland, the home of the bride, on Wednesday. The bridegroom is the eldest son of Mr. John Gillies Shields J.P. C.C. (the agent for the executors of Lord Donington and Major Gretton of Donington Park), and a well-known agriculturist, and of Mrs. Shields, of the Manor House, Isley Walton, Leicestershire. Mr. Shields, who volunteered for service when the war began, will be best remembered as the popular captain of Leicestershire County Cricket Club and a member of the M.C.C. The bride, who is a cousin of the Countess of Mount Cashel, is the daughter of Mr. Alexander Fitzgerald Cornelius and Mrs. Cornelius of Ballytarsna House, Borris-in -Ossory, Ireland. The Rev. Robert Mollen, rector of Borris-in-Ossory performed the ceremony and the church was crowded. Mr. Reginald Cornelius, brother of the bride, was best man, the bridegroom having come from France on short leave for the wedding. There was one bridesmaid, Miss Ruby Cornelius, sister of the bride. The bride, who was given away by her father, wore a dress made in German style of an old gold satin and nigger brown and a picture hat.
A reception was held afterwards at Ballytarsna House and the newly married pair crossed to England on Thursday and motored home from Birmingham on Friday morning. This was the bride’s first visit to England. They will reside in Breedon Hall. A large number of presents awaited them and the approaches to Isley Walton were gaily decorated."
More About EMMA (EVA) ELEANOR CORNELIUS:|
Burial: All Saints, Isley Walton, Leics.
|ii.||ELLEN CLARKE SHIELDS, b. 07 Oct 1883, Manor House, Isley Walton, Leics.; d. 13 Mar 1944, Isley Walton, Leics.|
|iii.||JEAN GUTHRIE SHIELDS, b. 24 Aug 1887, Manor House, Isley Walton, Leics.; d. 14 Jan 1892, Breedon, Leics..|
|iv.||FLORA GLADYS SHIELDS, b. 30 Oct 1890, Manor House, Isley Walton, Leics.; d. 10 Dec 1917, Isley Walton, Leics.|
|v.||LOUISE MAY SHIELDS, b. 29 May 1892, Manor House, Isley Walton, Leics.; d. Feb 1992, Bloxham, Oxon; m. AUBREY GORDON DE APPLEBY MOORE M.C., 01 Sep 1917, Isley Walton, Leics; b. 30 Aug 1893, Appleby Magna; d. 09 Apr 1992, Bloxham, Oxon.|
Notes for LOUISE MAY SHIELDS:|
5th Btn Leics Rgt T.F.
Lived at Malton, Spalding and later at The Cottage, High Street, Bloxham, Oxon until their death. They were married over 75 years.
Notes for AUBREY GORDON DE APPLEBY MOORE M.C.:|
5th Btn Leics. Rgt T.F.
Lived Appleby Magna- Wrote a book "Son of the Rectory".
Lived Malton, Spalding and Bloxham, Oxon.
|vi.||M. C. CHARLES FREDERICK SHIELDS9, b. 08 Sep 1893, Manor House, Isley Walton, Leics.10; d. 1968, Breedon, Leics.; m. LILY MAY SUMMERFIELD, 11 Oct 1921; b. Abt. 1896, Castle Donington, Leics10.|
Notes for M. C. CHARLES FREDERICK SHIELDS:|
Educated at Trent College
5th Btn Leics Regt . 1913 -1918 Lost a leg in the war.
Lived, after marriage in Much Wenlock, Shropshire
Manor House, Worthington, Leics until 1943
Breedon Hall, Leics 1943 - 1968
Served on Castle Donington RDC for 40 years
More About M. C. CHARLES FREDERICK SHIELDS:|
Residence: 1901, Castle Donnington, Leicestershire, England11
Notes for LILY MAY SUMMERFIELD:|
1901 census lived at 43, High Street, Castle Donington
More About LILY MAY SUMMERFIELD:|
Residence: 1901, Castle Donnington, Leicestershire, England11
|vii.||JOSEPH PERCY SHIELDS, b. 28 Jan 1895, Manor House, Isley Walton, Leics.; d. 07 Oct 1922, Isley Walton, Leics.|
|viii.||ARTHUR CRAIG SHIELDS, b. 05 Jun 1896, Manor House, Isley Walton, Leics.; d. 30 Jan 1953, Isley Walton, Leics.|
|ix.||DOROTHY ISOBEL SHIELDS, b. 20 Jun 1898, Manor House, Isley Walton, Leics.; d. 05 Jan 1963, Isley Walton, Leics.|
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