Albert Ernest John Shaw (1919-1940)

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Albert Ernest John Shaw (also known as Jack Shaw) was born on 2 January 1919, the son of plumber Herbert Shaw[1] and his wife Minerva (née Bedford).

At the time of the 1921 Census, the Shaw family was living at 840 Manchester Road, Linthwaite, and Herbert was working for J. Bamforth & Sons, Station Road, Slaithwaite.

He died aboard the HMS Laurentic[2][3] off the western coast of Ireland on 3 November 1940 after it was struck by torpedoes launched by German submarine U-99.


Huddersfield Examiner (09/Nov/1940):

No News Yet of Linthwaite Seaman

The news of the sinking of the armed merchant cruiser. H.M.S. Laurentic, has caused anxiety in a Linthwaite home, for among the crew of that vessel is A.B. Jack Shaw, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Shaw, of 836 Glen Royd, Manchester Road, Linthwaite.

Seaman Shaw, who is twenty-one years of age, was called up in November of last year, and he has been serving in the Laurentic ever since he finished his training. He is a native of Linthwaite, and attended the Church School and Huddersfield Technical College. He had been employed in the Huddersfield Corporation Gas Department from leaving school, and when he was called up he was a member of the maintenance staff. Mr. and Mrs. Shaw are confident that their son will be among the survivors. "He was a fine swimmer," said Mrs. Shaw, "and he said that if ever he was in a position of this sort he would 'stick.'"

Another son, Edgar Shaw, who is twenty-four, is serving in the Royal Army Service Corps.

Huddersfield Examiner (16/Nov/1940):

Linthwaite Seaman Missing

A telegram from the Admiralty has brought the news to Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Shaw, of 836 Glen Royd, Manchester Road, Linthwaite. that their youngest son, A.B. Jack Shaw, who was serving in H.M.S. Laurentic, is “missing and presumed killed on war service.”

Seaman Shaw, who is twenty-one years of age, was employed on the maintenance staff of the Huddersfield Corporation Gas Department up to joining the Navy twelve months ago. He is a strong swimmer, and his mother refuses to give up. hope of his safety.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

  • Royal Navy
  • died: 3 November 1940
  • age: 21 years
  • record ID: 2487602



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