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Leonard James Shaw

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  • Service number
    7/1323 AWMM
  • Also known as
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Last rank
    WW1 Second Lieutenant AWMM
    Auckland Infantry Regiment, 2nd Battalion, 6th (Hauraki) Company AWMM
  • War
    World War I, 1914-1918 AWMM
Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1918 - No known copyright restrictions
Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1918 - No known copyright res … Read more

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Leonard James AWMM
  • Surname
    Shaw AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    7/1323 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion
    Presbyterian, Christian AWMM

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Date of birth
    5 August 1885 AWMM
  • Place of birth
    Whangarei, Northland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Birth notes
    Whangarei, New Zealand AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
    • WW1 Unknown/Civilian AWMM
    • WW1 Analyst/Civilian AWMM
    • Dominion Laboratory, Wellington Public - ROBERT KEITH - Other relative - 25 April 2017 - Family oral history
  • Post war occupation
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 08 May 1915 205 The Terrace, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Mrs J.L. Shaw (sister), Hospital, Thames, New Zealand AWMM
    • Mrs W. Osborne (sister), Opuatia, Mercer, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 14 Aug 1915 Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
    World War I, 1914-1918 AWMM
  • Campaign
    • 1915-1916 Gallipoli AWMM
      Gallipoli, Turkey AWMM
    • 1914-1919 Western Front AWMM
    • 1914-1916 Egypt AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    7/1323 AWMM
  • Military service
    Waikato Rifle Club AWMM
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • 1914-1915 Star AWMM
    • British War Medal (1914-1920) AWMM
    • Victory Medal AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
    • WW1 8 May 1915 AWMM
      Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Age on enlistment
    • WW1 29 AWMM

Embarkations

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  • Embarkation details
    • WW1 14 Aug 1915-19 September 1915 AWMM from Wellington, New Zealand AWMM to Suez, Egypt AWMM HMNZT 28 AWMM
      Vessel was Tofua AWMM
      Corporal/Military AWMM
      Canterbury Mounted Rifles AWMM
      6th Reinforcements AWMM
    • WW1 23 Apr 1918-18 July 1918 AWMM from Wellington, New Zealand AWMM to Southampton, Hampshire, England AWMM HMNZT 102 AWMM
      Vessel was Willochra AWMM
      Second Lieutenant AWMM
      36th Reinforcements, A Company AWMM
      New Zealand Expeditionary Force AWMM

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 feet 10 1/2 inches AWMM
    • Weight, Unknown Period AWMM
      11 stone AWMM
    • Complexion, Unknown Period AWMM
      Dark AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Brown AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Brown AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Wounded in action: 13 July 1916; Admitted 35 General Hospital 14 July 1916; Admitted 2nd London General Hospital 16 July 1916; admitted NZ Convalescent Camp 27 July 1916; Attached NZ Convalescent Depot 7 September 1916. AWMM
    • Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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  • Last rank
    WW1 Second Lieutenant AWMM
    Auckland Infantry Regiment, 2nd Battalion, 6th (Hauraki) Company AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Leonard Shaw was the son of John and Jessie Shaw, Glen Murray, Auckland.

      Copy of letter from Leslie Shaw to his brothers and sister telling of death of Leonard J. Shaw (acc. 2002.82.5 -Auckland War Memorial Museum)

      "France. 27th October 1918

      My dear Brothers and sisters,

      It is a hard matter to write of Len's supreme sacrifice as I know how sorrowful you all must be, even now I can hardly believe that such a great loss can really be ours.

      I have just received a letter from his captain in which he speaks very highly of the work Len was doing and expressed great regret at not having met him as he was away in leave during the short time Len was with the battalion. It has been hard to get any particulars. All the officers in the Haurakis that day are casualties and there are few left who went over with him. But I was fortunate enough to meet one of the lads who was with him at the last and this is what he told me. The Haurakis were advancing in the side of the village but had to wait on the Wellingtons (on their right) who were held up by machine gun fire. The Wellingtons sent across for assistance and Len volunteered to go. The chap who gave me this account asked Len if he could go too and several of them crossed under fire from a rise where the Germans were putting up their stand. They had to advance over flat ground that gave no cover, the higher ground occupied by the Germans giving them direct fire into the shell holes that would otherwise would have afforded some protection. Len, this chap and another rushed into a shell hole from which a Wellington machine gunner was firing and did a little sniping til the Wellington was wounded in the knee. Len then took the machine gun but had only fired about 5 rounds when a bullet struck in his neck.

      Though this account is brief we can see how nobly Len was playing the game and feel sure Captain Montcrief meant his words when he wrote that Len was doing splendid work and was one of the most liked promising officers. Since it was decreed that he should lay down his life, we can be thankful that he did not have to suffer. The men of course had to go in but on the 9th, the day I met the chap he had gone back over the same ground to see if there was anything he could do. Len had been buried in the vicinity, by a small village, Beaulateause, a place you will not find unless you can procure a very detailed map. This is about 12 miles on the right of Cambia, somewhat in advance will give you the idea of the locality. Some few yards from the spot they found Len's batsman who had evidently been killed by a shell while trying to get away. By him on the ground they found Len's pocket book and binoculars.

      These they gave to me and I have sent the pocket book to Bella, intending to do the same with the binoculars when safe means offer. They can't be sent by post.

      We are now many miles in advance of this village, but when the smallest opportunity offers I shall go back to Len's grave and shall then do all that is possible, attending to the making and naming of the monument as befitting. I am writing to the Padre to find out what has already been done. This is all I can tell you as yet. I am posting this to Mary as it would take some time to go from me to the others and I cannot write to you all if you perhaps some you could copy it and send the copy to the others.

      Ever from your loving brother,

      Leslie Shaw AWMM
    • The following Cenotaph note has been reported:

      "An old friend of mine, Tony Woolhouse, died recently while on a cycling holiday in the South Island. He was a scientist at the Ferrier Institute, Victoria University, Wellington. He started his career at the DSIR and after restructuring was with Industrial Research Ltd, Callaghan Innovation and finally the Ferrier institute. When DSIR was disestablished he rescued from the dump bin two framed photographs of DSIR staff, who had died while on active service overseas. One was of '2nd Lt L.J. Shaw Killed in Action, France 29.7.1918'. Tony's grandfather was also a Gallipoli veteran and his father served in WW2 I had promised to help locate the descendants of Leonard James Shaw so that the framed photograph could be returned to them. Tony is no longer with us but I have been given this photograph, by his daughters, to fulfil this promise. I look forward to hearing from descendants."

      The reason given was:

      I'm a 1st cousin 1 x removed of James Leonard Shaw commonly known as Len. I' m in the progress of writing the Shaw Family Book and would be able to put this photo to good use, a copy would be very much appreciated. we are very pleased to learn the photo has been rescued. The loss of Len was not the only tragedy his family had to bear, Len's mother died when he was seven years of age, thus leaving his father John with a family of 11 children to care for. Len was a keen footballer and was among the Victoria University Wellington reps when toured Australia.

      Reported by:

      Estelle Shaw Public - Estelle - Other Relative - 25 April 2015 - Family knowledge
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Death

About death

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  • Age at death
    32 AWMM
  • Date of death
    29 September 1918 AWMM
  • Cause of death
    Killed in Action AWMM
  • Place of death
    Havrincourt, France AWMM
  • Death notes
    Havrincourt, France AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Memorial name
    Grevillers (New Zealand) Memorial, Grevillers British Cemetery, Pas-de-Calais, France AWMM
  • Memorial reference
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  • Leonard James Shaw is my husband's great uncle, my husband is actually named for him, an honor he has longed been proud of. When uncle Len was in France he sent a 'poppy' from Flanders to his family here. It has be given on loan, I believe, to the Auckland Museum.
    Public - Dorothy Phyllis - Other Relative - 28 April 2015
  • An old friend of mine, Tony Woolhouse, died recently while on a cycling holiday in the South Island. He was a scientist at the Ferrier Institute, Victoria University, Wellington. He started his career at the DSIR and after restructuring was with Industrial Research Ltd, Callaghan Innovation and finally the Ferrier institute. When DSIR was disestablished he rescued from the dump bin two framed photographs of DSIR staff, who had died while on active service overseas. One was of '2nd Lt L.J. Shaw Killed in Action, France 29.7.1918'. Tony's grandfather was also a Gallipoli veteran and his father served in WW2 I had promised to help locate the descendants of Leonard James Shaw so that the framed photograph could be returned to them. Tony is no longer with us but I have been given this photograph, by his daughters, to fulfil this promise. I look forward to hearing from descendants.
    Public - Ian - 22 April 2015

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DateNameLocationRelationshipContact
25 April 2017ROBERT KEITHOpunake New ZealandOther relative
28 April 2015Dorothy Phyllis Paeroa, New ZealanOther Relative
25 April 2015EstelleTaurangaOther Relative
22 April 2015IanWellingtonOther