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Pte 26588 William Walton Shaw


  • Age: 37
  • From: Liverpool
  • Regiment: 1st Kings
  • Died on Wednesday 13th February 1918
  • Commemorated at: Rocqigny-equancourt Rd B C
    Panel Ref: IX.F.25
William Walton Shaw was born in Liverpool in 1880 the only son of Samuel Shaw and his wife Jane (nee Walton).
 
 
His father, born in Liverpool, and his mother, born in Kingsley, Cheshire, married in 1879, and had five children. William had younger sisters Agnes, Jane, Elizabeth Ann, and Alice. William was baptised in St. Bridget, Wavertree, on 06th March 1981, his parents’ residence 111 Bishopgate Street, and his father’s occupation corn miller.
 
William is found, at three months old (suggesting he was born in December 1880) on the 1881 census (taken on 3rd April), his parents living at 111 Bishopgate, his father, 35, a corn miller, and his mother 27.
 
In 1891 the family is living at 11 Holme Street, Toxteth Park, with four children. William is 10.
 
By 1901 they have moved to 40 Thames Street, where his parents will remain. They have four children, William, 21, is a corn miller like his father. 
 
When he was 26, Willie married Leonora Catherine Kewish, 25, on 20th January 1907 in St. Nathaniel's Church, Edge Hill. He gives his occupation as labourer, and his residence as 40 Thames Street. Their son Samuel Walton was born on 30th December 1907, followed by William Arthur on 13th September 1909.

The 1911 census finds the young family at 61 Copperfield Street, Toxteth Park. Willie is 30, a flour miller’s labourer, Leonora is 29, Samuel is 3 and William 1.
 
His parents are still living at 40 Thames Street, with daughter Alice, 18, a laundress. His father is 65, still working as a flour miller’s labourer, his mother is 57.
 
A daughter, Leonora Catherine, was born on 04th November 1911.
 
Willie enlisted in Liverpool in the Royal Field Artillery on 05th April 1915 as Gnr 13466, 151st Brigade. He gives his age as 34 years and 4 months, and his occupation as labourer.  He is described as being 5’ 7 and a half inches tall, weighing 136 lbs. His medical record notes, ‘teeth defective’, ‘subject to dental treatment’.  He joined his battalion at Lytham on 06th April 1915, but was discharged two weeks later as medically unfit, on 21st April 1915.
 
He enlisted again in Liverpool, this time joining the 19th Battalion of The King's Liverpool Regiment as Private 26588. The amount of the War Gratuity suggests that he enlisted in about August 1915 
 
Willie shipped to France with his battalion, disembarking on 29th December 1915. The medal roll (giving his name as William Walter) shows that he was transferred at some point to the 11th Bn K.L.R. and subsequently to the 1st KLR.
 
William was badly wounded and admitted to No. 21 Casualty Clearing Station on 09th February 1918. His injuries were described as Multiple. He sadly succumbed to his wounds on 13th February 1918 aged 37. 

He now rests at Rocqigny-Equancourt Road British Cemetery IX.F.25 where his headstone bears the epitaph:

"A SILENT THOUGHT A SECRET TEAR KEEPS HIS MEMORY EVER DEAR"
 
His CWGC certificate shows 19th K.L.R. although his headstone displays the white horse of Hanover, not the Pals’ Eagle and Child. The Graves Registration Form shows 1st K.L.R.
 
His parents placed a notice in the Liverpool Echo on 20th February 1918:

“Died of wounds, in hospital, Willie, the beloved and only son of Samuel and Jane Shaw, 40 Thames Street.”
 
His children were 10, 8, and 6 years old when Willie died.  
 
Leonora received his Army effects and a War Gratuity of £12-10s.  She was awarded a pension of £1-9s-7d a week for herself and three children from August 1918, her residence 46 Eden Street.
 
His father died in 1919 aged 74, and his mother in 1920, aged 67, still living at 40 Thames Street.
 
In 1939 Leonora, 57, is still at 46 Eden Street, with daughter Leonora, 28, and her husband;  son William, 30,  lives at no.50 with his family; eldest son Samuel 32, lives with his family in Huyton with Roby.
 
His son William pre-deceased his mother, dying in 1954, at the age of 44. Leonora died at 75 in 1959;  daughter Leonora died in 1977, and his son Samuel died in 1984.
 
Willie is commemorated in Liverpool‘s Hall of Remembrance, Panel 38 Left

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(109 Years this day)
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