1. Memorial:Arras Flying Services Memorial
2. Memorial:The (1940) Scroll - WW1 Roll of Honour48C GQS

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Family :

A portrait image and article of him can be found on Find-a-Grave.

Son of James C. Shanks, M.D., and Elizabeth A. Shanks, of Howick, P.Q., Canada. B.Sc. 1910.

Service Life:


Unit / Ship / Est.: 108th Squadron 

Action : The Battles of the Hindenburg Line and associated actions 

12 September - 12 October 1918. As the momentum of the British advance continued it was clear that the Hindenburg Line defences offered the greatest threat to further advances. It was highly likely that the magnificently engineered defence system would re-establish the status quo of static trench warfare. However a series of magnificent actions at Havrincourt and Epehy paved the way for dramatic crossings of the Canal du Nord and the St Quentin Canal by early October. Both canals had been integrated into the Hindenburg Line system and their capture effectively broke the defensive capability of the system. Soon afterwards the British were attacking at Cambrai (again) and then by mid October were pursuing the Germans to the River Selle.

Detail :

Enlisted, August 1917, in the Royal Flying Corps, 108th Squadron. Promoted to Lieutenant and Pilot. Served in France. Killed in action when returned from a bombing expedition over Ostend, September 21st 1918.

Canadian- Check Killed in Action with 94433 Sgt Richard Joseph Sear in DH9 D3092 (David Barnes)

Masonic :

TypeLodge Name and No.Province/District :
Mother : Tongshan No. 3001 E.C.North China

21st April 1917
29th May 1917
16th June 1917

Listed as a 28 year old Electrical Engineer, resident at Tongshan in 1917 at the time of his initiation into Tongshan Lodge. The contribution record shows he was "Killed in action" in the 1919 column.

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