2nd Lieutenant Robert Henderson Shaw

Biography of 2nd Lieutenant Robert Henderson Shaw

Robert Henderson Shaw was born in Glasgow on 19th March 1894, the third son of Robert Philip Shaw and his wife Jessie Henderson. The family lived at 118 Manor Road, Dumbreck and later at Willowbank, Troon, Ayrshire. Robert was educated at Bellahouston Academy and Allan Glen's School in Glasgow. He was employed by George Smith and Sons of the City Line of Steamships in Bothwell Street.

A member of the University of Glasgow OTC from 1913, he enlisted at the beginning of the war. He was gazetted 2nd Lieutenant, Northumberland Fusiliers, on the 12th December 1914 and served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders from September 1915. He was wounded near La Bassee in February and invalided home. He recovered and rejoined the Regiment.

2nd Lieutenant Robert Shaw was killed in action at Delville Wood on 18th September 1916, while leading his men on the Somme. A brother officer wrote;

"I cannot tell how much his regiment will miss him: he was such a splendid officer, and he fell where one knew he would be, at the head of his men. It was a noble death, fitly closing a fine life, and we are certain that all is well with him."

He was 22 years old, one of four brothers serving in the Army. 2nd Lieutenant Robert Shaw is buried at the Cement House Cemetery in Langemark, Belgium. The cemetery was named after a fortified farmhouse on the line. It was begun in August 1917 as a cemetery for 231 men and expanded in the succeeding months to become the place of burial or commemoration of 3,576 Commonwealth servicemen killed in the fiercely contested area of Langemarck.

Summary

2nd Lieutenant Robert Henderson Shaw
Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
Regiment: 13th Bn. Northumberland Fusiliers
Degree: N/A
Awards: N/A
Comments: Killed in action, 18 September 1916.
Note/Press Clipping: Ch 4/4/2/3/1217
Photo ID: Ch 4/4/2/2/261

Sources

Obituary: The Marquis de Ruvigny Roll of Honour, courtesy of Robert N Smith

University of Glasgow Roll of Honour (GUAS Ref: CH 4/4/2/3/1217)

Burial Place: Commonwealth War Graves Commission - Debt of Honour Register.

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