Joseph Shiels was the son of John and Mary Jane Shields. He was born about 1917. Private Joseph Shiels was serving with the 8th Battalion of the Royal Scots when he died in Belgium on 15th September 1944. He was killed in the fierce fighting associated with the crossing of the Meuse-Escaut Canal during the first three weeks of September 1944.
Kasterlee War Cemetery is located 54 Kms north of Leuven and 53 Kms east of Antwerpen. From the front entrance of St. Willibrordus Kerk in the centre of Kasterlee, drive 850 metres down Geelsebaan (N 19) - in the direction of Geel and turn off to the right on to the 'Venheide' (opposite the Windmill), following the Commission sign. The cemetery is situated at this right turn.