Royal Irish Regiment,
second son of Colonel J. Shine, R.A.M.C., was born on September l0th, 1894, and came to Downside in September, 1905. Through-out his school career, "Gozo" Shine, as he was almost invariably called, distinguished himself in all the games and sports, and in 1911 he was awarded his First Eleven colours for Cricket, Association Football and Hockey. For three years he was a member of the Football Eleven, playing on the left wing with much success ; he was an excellent centre-forward at Hockey, and in 1911 scored sixteen of the twenty-seven goals registered by the team ; at Cricket he played for the Eleven for two seasons, and was Captain in 1912. He took part in the sports contest with Bruton in 1911, and twice won the School Tennis Championship. He was also a sergeant in the O.T.C., and attended two camps.
During his last year at Downside, he was a member of the School Committee, and of the Committees of various games in other spheres of activity, he was on the staff of The Raven, and on the Committee of the Petre Library, and he was a useful member of the Choir for several years, first as a treble, and afterwards as a bass.
In the summer of 1912, he passed into Sandhurst, where he played in the Football Eleven, in his old position on the left wing. He received his commission in the Royal Irish Regiment in 1913. On the outbreak of war in 1914, he went to the front on mobilisation, and was wounded in the groin at Mons on August 27th. He was carried off the field to a neighbouring church, which was being used as a hospital. Almost immediately after his arrival the building was destroyed by shell fire, and everyone in it perished. At the time of his death, John Denis Shine was within a few days of his twentieth birthday.
Source : Downside In The War 1914-1919