John Leslie Robert Shaw (c.1893-1915)

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John Leslie Robert Shaw

Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922

The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:

SHAW, JOHN LESLIE ROBERT. Private. No 1749. 1/5th Battalion Duke of Wellington's Regiment. Born Huddersfield. Son of Mr Sam Shaw, 32 College Street, Crosland Moor, Huddersfield. Joined the local Territorials in 1908 and, for a period of six months, served with the Royal Field Artillery at Newcastle-on-Tyne. Was in business as a taxi-cab proprietor at Huddersfield Railway Station. Took an active interest in the boy scout movement. Enlisted at the outbreak of the war. Embarked for France in April, 1915. Killed in action, 22.9.1915, aged 22 years. Has no known grave. Commemorated MENIN GATE MEMORIAL TO THE MISSING.
Major Norton wrote to his father on 22.9.1915, 'I deeply regret to have to inform you that your son, No. 1749 Private J. L. R. Shaw, was killed yesterday by a sniper, being shot through the chest. He died almost immediately. He was buried last night by our Chaplain in a cemetery a few hundred yards behind the firing line. I feel this will be a great blow to you but I trust you will find consolation in remembering that he died for his King and Country. Your son has always done his duty and done it well and you will always have reason to be proud of him. His death is a great loss to the Company and he will be sorely missed by all his comrades. In expressing to you my sincere sympathy I do so on behalf of all the Officers, N.C.O's and men of the Company.'
ROH:- Huddersfield Drill Hall.

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