No. 11335, 6th Battalion, King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
Killed in action on Thursday 5 August 1915 (aged 29)
Sanctuary Wood Cemetery, Belgium (Grave V. Q. 13/15)
Holywood and District War Memorial
In the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) Debt of Honour Website it is recorded that Sergeant William Shaw (No. 11335) was a son of John and Eliza Shaw of Olive House, Church View, Holywood and that his place of birth was Heckmondwike in West Yorkshire.
In the Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914 – 1919 database it is recorded that Sergeant William Shaw (No. 11335) was born in Belfast.
William Shaw enlisted in Dewsbury, served with the 6th Battalion, King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry and was killed in action on 5 August 1915.
Sergeant William Shaw (No. 11335) was 29 when he died and he was buried in Sanctuary Wood Cemetery, Belgium. There is an inscription on his CWGC headstone:
THEIR GLORY SHALL NOT
BE BLOTTED OUT
In the Army Register of Soldiers’ Effects there is reference to his father John and his brother Reginald.
In the 1911 census the Shaw family was living in the townland of Ballycultra:
John Shaw (aged 50) who was born in England; his wife Eliza Shaw (aged 37); Reginald Shaw (aged 10) and Mary Elizabeth Shaw (aged 2). John and Eliza had been married for seven years.
Sergeant William Shaw (No. 11335) is commemorated on Holywood and District War Memorial.