Shaw MC, William Lindsay

Shaw, William Lindsay (William)

Military Cross

Major

228th Field Company, Royal Engineers

Killed in action on Tuesday 16 April 1918 (aged 32)

Buried:

Duhallow Advanced Dressing Station (ADS) Cemetery, Belgium (Grave IV. E. 35)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Methodist College Belfast

Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) War Memorial

Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) Book of Remembrance

Presbyterian Church in Ireland (PCI) Roll of Honour 1914 – 1919 for

Windsor Presbyterian Church Belfast

Collegians Rugby Football Club Roll of Honour

Journey of Remembering Belfast Book of Honour

BIOGRAPHY

William Lindsay Shaw was born on 20 July 1885 at 28 Melrose Terrace, Belfast and he was a son of Martin McKnight Shaw and Jane (Jennie) Elizabeth Shaw who were married on 16 October 1884 in Belmont Presbyterian Church Belfast.  Martin McKnight Shaw from Belfast was a son of Martin Shaw, a farmer.  Jennie Lindsay from Belfast was a daughter of William Lindsay, a bookkeeper.

In 1901, the Shaw family lived at 33 Wellington Park, Belfast and in 1911 at 19 Bryansburn Road, Bangor.

Martin Shaw was a hardware merchant and he and Jennie had two children, both boys:

William Lindsay (born 20 July 1885 at 28 Melrose Terrace)

Martin White (born 23 February 1896 at 3 Orrington)

Later the Shaw family lived at Gayerville, 13 Chlorine Gardens, Belfast.

Educated at Methodist College Belfast and with degrees from Queen’s University Belfast, William Lindsay Shaw worked as a civil engineer.  He and Beatrice Margaret Dyer were married in Islington, London in 1915 and her address was 32 Milton Park, Highgate, London.

Both Shaw brothers were on active service during the Great War; Martin served as a Lieutenant with the Royal Irish Rifles and William served as a Major with the Royal Engineers.

On 24 September 1914 William Shaw enlisted and he joined the Royal Marines.  He was discharged to a commission in the Royal Engineers on 9 January 1915 and went to France on 2 February 1916.  In 1917 Major William Lindsay Shaw was awarded the Military Cross ‘for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in making a complete personal reconnaissance and in organising and personally supervising the formation and wiring of a support line behind our position.  He worked strenuously and with great disregard of personal danger for several nights in succession until the work was completed’ (London Gazette 26 September 1917 edition).

Major William Lindsay Shaw MC was 32 when he was killed in action on 16 April 1918 and he was buried in Duhallow Advanced Dressing Station (ADS) Cemetery, Belgium.  There is an inscription on his CWGC headstone:

FATHER IN THY GRACIOUS KEEPING

LEAVE WE NOW THY SERVANT SLEEPING

Major William Lindsay Shaw MC is commemorated on the Memorial Plaques in Methodist College Belfast and Queen’s University Belfast; in the QUB Book of Remembrance (Page 49); in the PCI Roll of Honour for Windsor Presbyterian Church in Belfast; in the Collegians Rugby Football Club Roll of Honour and in the Belfast Book of Honour (Page 582).

William Lindsay Shaw’s father died on 30 January 1931.