Shaw, James

Shaw, James


No. 40057, 8th Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment

Killed in action on Monday 9 April 1917 (aged 35)


Railway Dugouts Burial Ground (Transport Farm), Belgium (Grave VII. L. 16)

Brother of Sergeant William Shaw (No. 11335)


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Holywood and District War Memorial (as J. Shaw)


In the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) Debt of Honour Website it is recorded that Private James Shaw (No. 40057) was a son of John and Ann Shaw and husband of Julia Ann Shaw of 37 Elizabeth Terrace, Woodville Road, Dewsbury, Yorkshire.

James Shaw was born around 1881/1882 at Cleckheaton, Yorkshire, and he was a son of John and Ann (Annie) Shaw (nee Hinchcliff).  John Shaw (aged 20), a millworker, and Ann Hinchcliff (aged 19) were married on 6 June 1881 in Birstall Parish Church of England Church, Yorkshire.  John Shaw, a carrier from Cleckheaton, was a son of John Shaw, a farmer.  Ann Hinchcliff was from Heckmondwike and they had three children:

James (born around 1881/1882 at Cleckheaton, Yorkshire)

William (born 20 December 1884 at Seapatrick Village, Banbridge, Co Down)

Reginald (born 1 April 1900 or 1901 in Dewsbury; service papers have both years; baptised in the Parish of Staincliffe on 5 May 1901, ‘son of John and Ann, Cullingworth Street, Staincliffe’).  During the First World War, Reginald Shaw (No. 292728) served with the Merchant Navy.  He held the position of 2nd Cook and his Identity Certificate number was 849400.  He joined the RAF on 5 September 1918 aged 18 years 5 months.

In the 1891 census the Shaw family was living in Heckmondwike, Yorkshire:

John Shaw (aged 29, born Co. Down), Ann Shaw (aged 29, born Heckmondwike), James Shaw (aged 9, born Heckmondwike), and William Shaw (aged 6, born Co Down).

In the 1901 census the Shaw family was living in Dewsbury, Yorkshire:

John Shaw (aged 40, born Co. Down), Ann Shaw (aged 39, born Heckmondwike), James Shaw (aged 19, born Cleckheaton), and William Shaw (aged 16, born Co Down).

Ann (Annie) Shaw (nee Hinchcliff) from Park View Dewsbury died in January 1905 (aged 49) and was buried in the Parish of Hepworth on 15 January 1905.  After that, John Shaw married Eliza Hamilton.

In the 1911 census the Shaw family was living in the townland of Ballycultra, Co Down:

John Shaw (aged 50, born in England); his wife Eliza Shaw (aged 37, born in Ireland); Reginald Shaw (aged 10) and Mary Elizabeth Shaw (aged 2).  John and Eliza had been married for seven years.

John Shaw (a gardener) and Eliza Shaw (nee Hamilton) had at least one child:

Mary Elizabeth (born 19 August 1908 in Ballydown, Banbridge)

James Shaw worked as a warehouseman, and he was a Reservist when he enrolled on 31 July 1916 at Pontefract.  His address was 37 Elizabeth Terrace, Woodville Road, Dewsbury, Yorkshire, and he stated his age to be 34 years 7 months.  It was noted that he was 5 feet 5¼ inches tall, and he had deficient teeth.  He cited as his next of kin his wife, Julia Ann Shaw (nee Booker).  They were married on 14 January1903 in Heckmondwike Parish Church of England Church.  They had no children.

James Shaw went with the British Expeditionary Force to France on 16 December 1916 and he served in France and Belgium until he was killed in action on 9 April 1917.  He was awarded the British War and Victory medals.

His wife was his sole legatee and she signed for the following articles of private property when they were returned to her:  2 coins, wrist watch, pipe lighter, pouch, and pocket watch.

Private James Shaw (No. 40057) is commemorated on Holywood and District War Memorial as J. Shaw.