Captain George Duncan Shaw

Service Numbers W34185,WX33412
Birth Date 17 February 1894
Birth Place Australia: Victoria, Melbourne, Brunswick
Final Rank Captain
Units
Commonwealth of Australia Gazette 4 October 1917 on page 2625 at position 30
London Gazette 1 June 1917 on page 5423 at position 77

George Duncan Shaw was born in Melbourne during 1894. Prior to the First World War he was a mechanical engineer and gained military experience through his engagement with the Citizen Military Forces, as a lance sergeant in the 86th Battalion. In 1914 Shaw attempted to enlist in the Australian Imperial Force, but could not gain the consent of his parents, forcing him to wait until he was 21. On 10 May 1915 Shaw joined the 28th Infantry Battalion as a second lieutenant, training at Blackboy Camp until departing Fremantle aboard the HMAT Ascanius on 29 June 1915.

At Gallipoli, Shaw was involved in the evacuation in December, remaining behind with a number of men at Russell's Top to support the retreat. After a short period in Egypt, Shaw was transferred to 2nd Pioneer Battalion in France and by the end of 1916 was promoted to captain. Shaw was Mentioned-in-Despatches by Sir Douglas Haig on 9 April 1917 and was gassed at the battle of Bullecourt in May 1917. On 20 September 1917 Captain Shaw took charge of a party proceeding with road works around Ypres, the party came under intense shelling and suffered a number of casualties. Shaw evacuated the wounded before motivating the remaining members of the party to complete the road works. For this action Shaw was awarded the Military Cross.

In mid-1918 Shaw was wounded and eventually invalided to Wandsworth Hospital, returning to Australia in December of that year. After the war George Shaw returned to the 86th Battalion and then enlisted in the Second World War.

Collection items

Rolls

  • First World War Embarkation Roll

    Rank
    Second Lieutenant
    Place of Embarkation
    Fremantle
    Embarkation Ship
    HMAT Ascanius A11
    Date of Embarkation
    09 June 1915
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918

Honours & Awards

  • Honours and Awards:

    Award/Honour
    Military Cross
    Classification
    British/Australian gallantry awards
    Unit
    2nd Australian Pioneer Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Captain
    London Gazette
    18 March 1918 on page 3439 at position 1
    Commonwealth Gazette
    25 July 1918 on page 1597 at position 6
  • Honours and Awards:

    Award/Honour
    Mention in despatches
    Classification
    British/Australian gallantry awards
    Unit
    2nd Australian Pioneer Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Captain
    London Gazette
    1 June 1917 on page 5423 at position 77
    Commonwealth Gazette
    4 October 1917 on page 2625 at position 30
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Award/Honour
    Military Cross
    Classification
    British/Australian gallantry awards
    Date of Recommendation
    25 September 1917
    Unit
    2nd Australian Pioneer Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Captain
  • Honours and Awards (Recommendation):

    Award/Honour
    Military Cross
    Classification
    British/Australian gallantry awards
    Date of Recommendation
    26 September 1917
    Unit
    2nd Australian Pioneer Battalion
    Conflict
    First World War, 1914-1918
    Rank
    Captain

Timeline

Date of birth 1894-02-17
Date of embarkation 1915-06-29
Date of recommendation honour or award 1917-09-25
Date of recommendation honour or award 1917-09-26

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