Shaw, Thomas Herbert

Shaw, Thomas Herbert


7th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Killed in action on Wednesday 8 August 1917 (aged 22)

No known grave


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium (Panel 22)

Royal British Legion (Bangor Branch) Memorial Plaque

Comrades of the Great War (Bangor Branch) Album in North Down Museum


Thomas Herbert Shaw was born on 28 February 1895 in Strandtown, Belfast and he was a son of David and Isabella Graham Shaw (nee Cahoon) who were married on 21 February 1889 in Chichester Park, Belfast by special licence according to the form and discipline of the Presbyterian Church.  David Shaw was a widower and a son of James Shaw, a merchant.  Isabella Graham Cahoon was a daughter of John Cahoon, a merchant.

The Shaw family lived at 81 Earlswood Road, Belfast and 3 Lorelei, Bangor.

David Shaw was the managing director of a soap and candle manufacturing business and he and Isabella had at least six children including:

John (Jack) Cahoon (born 9 December 1889)

James Alexander (born 23 September 1892)

Thomas Herbert (born 28 February 1895 in Strandtown, Belfast)

Frederick Cecil (born 15 October 1900)

Marie Isabel (born 24 March 1908)

David Shaw had at least three children by his previous marriage to Eleanor Morrison:

Unnamed female (born 10 May 1878 in Ballycloughan; died of debility 10 May 1878 aged 4 hours)

Ethel Margaret (born 9 May 1879 in Belmont)

David (born 13 June 1887 in Ballycloughan)

David Shaw and Eleanor Morrison were married on 30 January 1877 in Dundonald Presbyterian Church.

Eleanor Shaw (nee Morrison) died of cerebritis on 13 July 1887 (aged 32) in Ballycloughan.

After their father David died of a cerebral haemorrhage on 1 November 1913 their mother Isabella remarried and, as Isabel Pollock, she lived at 56 Prince’s Square, Paddington in London.

Prior to the outbreak of the Great War Thomas Herbert Shaw worked in the linen trade.  He served with the 7th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers in 49th Brigade of the 16th (Irish) Division and he was 22 when he was killed in action on 8 August 1917 while holding the line prior to the Battle of Langemarck.

Lieutenant Thomas Herbert Shaw has no known grave and he is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial in Belgium; on Bangor and District War Memorial; on the Royal British Legion (Bangor Branch) Memorial Plaque and in the Comrades of the Great War (Bangor Branch) Album in North Down Museum (Page 47).