Edgar Grenville Shaw (1921-1942)

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Edgar Grenville Shaw was born on 21 January 1921, the son of ruling machine maker William Edgar Shaw and his wife Minnie[1] of Long Lane, Honley.

Following the death of his father in 1936, his mother subsequently moved to Cheltenham.

He was assigned to 55 Operational Training Unit at RAF Usworth and undertook training in Canada. He was killed on 12 March 1942 when his Hurricane (V6995) "collided with Hurricane AG132 of 55 OTU near Wingate, Durham during a training flight".


Huddersfield Examiner (14/Mar/1942):

Former Honley Man’s Death

The death has occurred of Sergt.-Pilot Edgar Grenville Shaw (21), formerly of Honley. He was the younger brother of Private William Franklin Shaw, who, as was reported last month, was wounded while serving with the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in Libya. Mrs. Shaw, the boys’ mother, has lived at Amberley Court, Clarence Square, Cheltenham, for the past two years. The late Mr. W. E. Shaw was formerly connected with the firm of Messrs. John Shaw and Sons, Honley.

Sergeant-Pilot E. G. Shaw was educated at Worksop College, and worked as a chartered accountant for the firm of Messrs. Wheawill and Sudworth. He had recently returned from Canada, where he completed a course of training for the Royal Air Force.

Huddersfield Examiner (21/Mar/1942):

Funeral of Sergt.-Pilot E. G. Shaw

The interment took place at Honley Church Burial Ground on Wednesday afternoon of Sergeant-Pilot Edgar Grenville Shaw (21), who formerly lived at Honley. Sergeant-Pilot Shaw was educated at Worksop College, and was a chartered accountant with the firm of Messrs. Wheawill and Sudworth. He had recently returned from Canada, where he completed a course of training for the Royal Air Force. He was the youngest son of Mrs. Shaw, who has lived at Cheltenham for the past two years, and the late Mr. W. E. Shaw.

Sergeant-Pilot Shaw’s popularity was shown by the large number of mourners who attended the funeral, and the many floral tributes. The Vicar of Honley, the Rev. T. W. Clacy, conducted the services in the Parish Church and at the graveside. The hymns “There is a Green Hill” and “Praise, my soul, the King of Heaven,” and 23rd Psalm were sung, and Miss Mary B. Clacy sang the solo, “I know that my Redeemer Liveth.” Miss E. Parkin was at the organ.

The family and private mourners were Mrs. Shaw (mother), Mr. J. A. Shaw (brother), also representing Mrs. M. A. Shaw (aunt), Miss Margaret Shaw and Miss Angela Shaw (sisters), Mr. and Mrs. E. C Earnshaw (brother-in-law and sister), Mr John R. Kaye (uncle), Mr. and Mrs. Frank A. Kaye, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Morgan, Mr. and Mrs. W. Brian Bottomley (cousins), Mr. and Mrs. T. H. Simpson-Smith, Mrs. W. H. Smailes and Sgt.-Pilot Telford.

The bearers were all members of the A.T.C.

Among the wreaths were those from the Warrant Officers Flight-Sergeants and Sergeants, the Commanding Officer and Officers, and the People’s Services Institute of an R.A.F. station, and the staff of Messrs. Wheawill and Sudworth.

Huddersfield Examiner (18/Sep/1943):

Wounded Three Times

News has been received by his mother, Mrs. Edgar Shaw, of Slateford House, Slateford, near Edinburgh, that her son, "Billie" Shaw, has been discharged from the New Zealand Fighting Forces after being wounded three times. He volunteered for active service shortly after war was declared, and has been in the desert fighting for three and a half years. He was with the New Zealanders in Greece in April, 1941, and later fought in the Libyan campaign when he received his first wounds and was taken prisoner of war. A couple of New Zealanders recaptured him after an hour’s captivity, and brought him to get his wounds dressed. He was wounded again in July and again in the big battle of October 23 last year. He was in the New Zealand infantry, and shared their unbounded joy at entering Tripoli. Since then he has been in hospital at Palestine for many weeks with dysentry.

He is the second son of the late William Edgar Shaw, ruling machine maker, of Honley. His surviving brother, John Arthur, is in the Royal Engineers. His younger brother, Sgt.-Pilot Grenville Shaw, lost his life in air operations last year. His sister, Margaret Shaw, is serving in the W.R.N.S.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission



Notes and References

  1. Born Jemima Jessie Corsie Mowat at Evie, Orkney, Scotland.