Shaw, Robert Joseph

Shaw, Robert Joseph (Robert)

Ordinary Seaman

SS Cadillac (Newcastle-on-Tyne), Merchant Navy

Died as the result of enemy action on Saturday 1 March 1941 (aged 18)

No known grave

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Tower Hill Memorial, London, England (Panel 22)

BIOGRAPHY

In the CWGC Debt of Honour website it is recorded that Ordinary Seaman Robert Joseph Shaw was a son of Robert Gordon Shaw and Elizabeth Shaw of Portaferry, Co. Down.

Robert Joseph Shaw was born on 15 November 1922, baptised on 20 November 1922 in St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, Belfast, and he was a son of Robert Gordon Shaw and Elizabeth Shaw (nee Bannon) who were married on 4 February 1922 in Belfast.

During the Second World War, Robert Joseph Shaw served with the Merchant Navy aboard the British Steam Tanker SS Cadillac.  Built in 1917 by Palmer’s Shipbuilding and Iron Company Ltd., Newcastle-upon-Tyne, SS Cadillac was owned by the Anglo-American Oil Company Ltd., London.  Around midnight on 1 March 1941, in Convoy HX-109, the SS Cadillac was on route from Aruba, Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean Sea to Avonmouth, Bristol carrying a cargo of some 17,000 tons of aviation fuel when she was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-552 about 170 miles northwest of the Outer Hebrides.

Ordinary Seaman Robert Joseph Shaw and Captain John Frazer Jefferson from Holywood were among more than 30 men who died.  Ordinary Seaman Robert Joseph Shaw was 18 when he died, and he is commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial in London.