Victory Medal Gunner Shaw Royal Garrison Artillery. Wounded
Medal correctly impressed- ‘63168 Gnr. F. Shaw. R.A. ‘
Service papers exist for Gunner Shaw, and are digitised online.
Shaw attested into the 7th Battalion Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment on 25 January 1909. He was given the service number ’692’. He is recorded as being born in the parish of St Anne’s near the town of Nottingham, in the County of Nottingham. Age given is 21 years 5 months, trade stated as ‘fruiterer’s assistant’. His residence is given as 35 Leicester Street, Nottingham. Previous service is noted in the 1st Nottinghamshire Volunteer Rifle Corps (1905-08). He was discharged on termination of engagement on 24 January 1913.
Shaw appears to have enlisted in the Royal Artillery in December 1914. Regimental number 63168. He served in France from 25 August 1915 to the 28 September* 1917 as a driver and gunner. In January 1917 received a wound to his left arm after his gun pit was struck by a shell, then in October* 1917 a fractured right ankle the result of gunshot wound. He appears to have been treated at the 3rd Canadian Hospital Rouen, 25th General Hospital, Bagthorpe Northern hospital? and Beckett’s Park hospital Leeds. He appears to have remained in the UK after this, still capable of service and his final unit was the 37th Anti-Aircraft Company Royal Garrison Artillery (compulsory transfer to the Royal Garrison Artillery on 26 May 1918, new Regimental number 223137). He was discharged to class ‘Z’ Army reserve on 19 March 1919.
*Probably a mistake in the dates? – perhaps both September or both October.