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Shaw, Thomas Charles (2677)

Place of Birth: Coburg, VIC

Age: 18 years 10 months

Enlistment Details: Tuesday, 22 June 1915 – Melbourne, VIC

Service Number: 2677            view online service record

5 Spring Street
Port Melbourne, VIC

Next of Kin:
F Shaw (father)
5 Spring Street
Port Melbourne, VIC

Embarkation Details:
Date: Wednesday, 15 September 1915
Ship: SS Makarini
Port: Melbourne, VIC
Unit: 5th Infantry Battalion – 8th Reinforcements

KIA: Thursday, 4 October 1917
Place: France

Brother-in-Law: David Arbon Berry

Gunner, 13 Field Artillery, killed in action 4 October, 1917, Belgium, aged 20, The Huts Cemetery, Belgium.

Parents: Thomas and Sarah SHAW, born Coburg, educated Nott Street SS, Workingmen’s College. Enlisted from 5 Spring Street, Port Melbourne with his father as next of kin, but the circular returned by his mother place her at 171 Montague Street, South Melbourne. Only son. A brother-in-law, 27753, David Arbon BERRY from Port Melbourne was also killed in action.

Additional research by Brian Membrey

1917 ‘KILLED IN ACTION.’, Port Melbourne Standard (Vic. : 1914 – 1920), 10 November, p. 2. , viewed 12 Oct 2017,


  • Brian Membrey
    Posted January 10, 2017 9.57 am 0Likes

    SHAW. – Killed in action, October 4, 1917, Gunner T. C. Shaw. We were privileged to have his friendship, and loved him dearly.

    In peace a Friend;
    In war a Hero;
    At all times a Man.

    Inserted by his loving uncle, Willie Johnson, on active service abroad; also friend, Mrs. G. W. Horsley, Kimberley, South Africa. (Port Melbourne Standard, 10 November, 1917)

  • Brian Membrey
    Posted February 20, 2017 10.15 am 0Likes

    “He was called “Tommy”. He was tall, thin and dark. He was killed at the Battery position. I saw his body at the wagon lines near Dickiebusch. He was buried in the cemetery at Dickiebusch with other men killed at the same time. I was working in the cook house at the time. I saw the funeral party but did not go to the funeral” (Gunner J.H. Woodward, 3303, 13th Field Artillery)

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