BORN HULL 10/01/1897. SON OF GEORGE EDWARD SHAW AND ELIZABETH SHAW, OF 22 NAPOLEON AVENUE, KENT STREET, HULL (CWGC ADDRESS). SERVED AS ROYAL NAVY, BOY SAILOR. LOST AT SEA ON 01/01/1915, AGED 18.
Formidable HMS; 15.000 ton battleship, built Portsmouth 1898. 430ftx75ft. 15,000hp triple-expansion engines. Armed: four 12in, twelve 6in, sixteen 12-pounder and six 3-pounder guns, four torpedo tubes. Sunk about 25 miles off Portland by the German submarine U-24 whose captain was Kapitanleutnant Rudolph Schneider. He fired two torpedoes, the first hit the starboard side and the second, fired about 50 minutes later, hit the port side. Formidable was part of the 5th Battle Squadron, which consisted of eight battleships and two cruisers, which had been steaming along the south coast of England in the English Channel from the east. 547 men lost their lives, 233 survived. Read more at wrecksite: https://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?405