George Ridley Shield

George Eustace Ridley Shield was a minor scholar and school prefect at Malvern before going up to Oriel.

He became a solicitor with the family firm, then run by his father, John Ridley Shield. George became Clerk to the Trustees of the New Alresford and eventually succeeded his father as a trustee himself, and later Chairman. Shield was also solicitor to General Sir Ian Hamilton, and was his literary executor.

He volunteered in the Great War, and was commissioned into the 4th Hampshires in October 1914. He was promoted a year later, having been transferred to the 4th Devonshires and posted to India.

He was one of four brothers, all at Malvern. His Brother Clement Ridley Shield was a fellow solicitor, and also volunteered. He was commissioned into the Highland Light Infantry but was killed on 7 October 1916 at the Somme. He had won the MC.

He was initiated into the Lodge Faith, Hope, and Charity No 1285 in Ootacamund, Madras. He also joined Moriah Lodge No 176 in London.