Shaw, Alfred Leslie

PRIVATE ALFRED LESLIE SHAW 27347. Born in Easingwold, Yorkshire, in 1898, Alfred was the second of six children and the eldest son of Alfred and Isabel Shaw of 19 Lanark Street, Hull.  He was also the grandson of Alderman, Shaw of Hull. He worked as a Labourer prior to enlistment at City Hall in Hull on 30th August 1916. Served with the 10th East Yorkshire Regiment. He soon found himself in the trenches with the Pals fighting an enemy he couldn’t see, dug into ditches 200 yards away, across ground littered with the dead. He was killed in action on 28th March 1918 during the early days of the German Spring Offensive and is buried at Bienvillers Military Cemetery. He was 20 years old; just a boy. It gets worse. His father died in the same month. Could it be a tragic coincidence, or could he just not face the loss of his son? Either way it compounded the misery of Isabel Shaw, and although the couple were living apart by this point, it must have seemed as if the world was collapsing around her. She moved to 4 Willow Grove, Princes Road, Hull.

His death was reported in the Hull Daily Mail, on 29/11/1916.


First name:
ALFRED LESLIE
Military Number:
27347
Rank:
Private
Date Died
28/03/1918
Place died:
Bienvillers Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France
Age:
20
4 WILLOW GROVE, PRINCES ROAD, HULL, EAST YORKSHIRE, UK