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Private John Shaw

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: John Shaw

Ancestor's date of birth: 08/01/1879

Ancestor's date of death: 04/07/1950

Cause of Death: Complications with a Hernia Operation

Service Number: 5768

Colony or State of enlistment: Not Applicable, Place of Enlistment: Liverpool England

Unit: 4th Battalion The Rifle Brigade

Rank attained in Boer War: PTE, Date Effective: On enlistment

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): CPL, Date Effective: 01/11/1916

Murray Page: Not Applicable did not serve in an Australian unit

Contingent: Not Applicable

Ship: Troop ship from the UK

Memorial details: Detail not provided

Awards/Decorations: Queen's South Africa Medal with three clasps, Cape Colony, Orange Free State, SA 1902. 1914/15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.

Personal Characteristics: Height 166 cm, weight: 64 kg (1916), of fresh complexion with blue eyes.

Reasons to go and fight: Serving soldier in the British Army.

Details of service in war: The 4th Battalion of the Rifle Brigade sailed from England about 15 December 1901, and after their arrival in South Africa took part in the closing scenes in the Orange River Colony, when the infantry held the lines and the mounted men did the driving.

Service and life after the Boer War: He married Annie Hanna in County Down Ireland they had two children. In 1912 John and Annie shaw sailed from England on the SS Waimana and arrived in Sydney on the 29 August 1912 with their two children Lillan and William. He enlisted for WW1 as #3012 Pte John Shaw 54 Bn AIF on 16 May 1916. He served in France for about two years reaching in rank Corporal 0n 1 November 1916. He was badly gassed and seriously wounded in the face. He endured seven operations and continuous treatment for the rest of his life. He worked on the railway at Eveleigh workshops as a fitter and labourer for 33 years. He and his family lived at Enfield until his death in 1950, Annie died on year later in 1951.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Robert Shaw, Alfords Point NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Grandson

 


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