Sheals, Hubert Stanley (No. 61116)

Sheals, Hubert Stanley (Hubert)

Flying Officer 

No. 61116, Royal Air Force

Killed on active service on Friday 6 March 1942 (aged 37)

No known grave

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Singapore Memorial, Singapore (Column 413)

Royal Belfast Academical Institution (RBAI)

Ballygilbert Presbyterian Church (as Hubert Sheals)

Annals of Helen’s Bay Presbyterian Church

Family grave headstone in Belfast City Cemetery

Brother of Bombardier Francis Eric Sheals (No. 1486508)

BIOGRAPHY

Hubert Stanley Sheals was born on 19 June 1904 at 669 Lisburn Road, Belfast and he was a son of Hugh Townley Sheals and Frances (Fanny) Sheals (nee Timbey) who were married on 10 September 1903 in St. James’s Church of Ireland Church, Belfast.  Hugh Townley Sheals, a businessman from 297 Falls Road, Belfast was a son of Hugh Sheals, an engineer.  Fanny Timbey from 8 Hughes’ Terrace, Belfast was a daughter of Robert T. Timbey.

Hugh Townley Sheals was a linen merchant and he and Frances (Fanny) had at least four children:

Hubert Stanley (born 19 June 1904 at 669 Lisburn Road, Belfast)

Ashley Timbey (born 21 July 1908 in Ballyfinaghy, Drumbeg, Lisburn)

Francis Eric (born 18 July 1912 at 48 Bawnmore Road, Belfast)

Elizabeth Augusta (born 11 August 1916 in Arden Villa, Lisburn Road, Belfast)

For a time, the Sheals family lived with Frances’s widowed mother, Eliza Timbey, in the townland of Ballyfinaghy.  Later they lived at Arden, Balmoral, Belfast.

Hubert Stanley Sheals attended the Royal Belfast Academical Institution (RBAI) from 1918 until 1920.  He joined the Royal Air Force and was on war service when he and Ethel Winifred Milliken, a daughter of Samuel Milliken, were married on 17 April 1941 in Helen’s Bay Presbyterian Church.

Less than a year later, Flying Officer Hubert Stanley Sheals died on 6 March 1942 during operations following the fall of Singapore to Japanese Forces on 15 February 1942.

Flying Officer Hubert Stanley Sheals (No. 61116) was 37 when he was killed (just two months after his brother Eric) and he is commemorated on the Singapore Memorial; in Ballygilbert Presbyterian Church (as Hubert Sheals); in the annals of Helen’s Bay Presbyterian Church and in RBAI.

Flying Officer Hubert Stanley Sheals’ mother, Frances Sheals, died on 1 January 1945 (aged 65) and his father, Hugh Townley Sheals, died on 25 September 1951 (aged 76).  Both of his parents were buried in Belfast City Cemetery (Grave A2. 4).

Flying Officer Hubert Stanley Sheals (No. 61116) is commemorated on the family grave headstone.

Hubert Sheals’ widow, Ethel Winifred Sheals (nee Milliken), was living at 35 Rosevale (Roseville), Craigavad when she and Wallace Hamilton Robb were married on 30 March 1949 in Ballygilbert Presbyterian Church.