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Ernest was the second son of Arthur Shaw and Annie Elizabeth Shaw nee Wyldbore. Arthur was born in Clifton, Nottingham, and Annie in Longthorpe, Peterborough. They were married in Nottingham in 1890 (marriage registered J/A/S) and had six children of whom only five were still living at the time of the 1911 Census. Five children were named on the census of 1901 and 1911; Jack (birth registered 1893 A/M/J), Ernest Arthur (birth registered 1896 A/M/J), Bernard Thomas (birth registered 1899 J/F/M), Mary (or May) and Tom (birth registered 1905 J/A/S). All the children were born in Nottingham. In 1901 Arthur (42), a hosiery warehouseman, and Annie (42) were living at 37 Thurman Street, Hyson Green, with two of their three sons, Ernest (5) and Bernard (2). Also in the household was a boarder, Timothy Stephenson (59). Their eldest son, Jack (8), was living with his widowed maternal grandmother, Jane Wyldbore (64), and three of her four adult children at 35 Thurman Street, Hyson Green. Arthur and Annie had two more children after the 1901 Census, Mary and Tom. However, in 1911 only three of their five surviving children were living with them at 37 Thurman Street; Ernest (15) a baker's carter, Bernard (12) and Tom (5). Arthur was now working as a caretaker. In 1911 Jack Shaw, now 18 years old and working as a clerk in a lace warehouse, was still living with his grandmother, Jane Wyldbore, at 35 Thurman Street. His sister Mary (7) was also living with her grandmother who still had two unmarried children living at home. Jane Wyldbore died aged 76 in March 1912 (death registered J/F/M Nottingham, buried 29 March 1912). This may have resulted in the Shaw family being reunited as by about 1918 the surviving family members were living together on Birkin Avenue, Hyson Green. Jack married Lilian M Kelham in 1914 (marriage registered Nottingham J/A/S). Jack and Bernard, also served in the war. Jack was a gunner in the Royal Garrison Artillery (175571) and survived. However, Bernard, who served as a driver in the Royal Field Artillery (L/11225), died of wounds on 21 October 1917 two days before Ernest's death (Mendinghem Military Cemetery). Ernest left a widow, Mary Ellen (nee Kelly), whom he had married on 17 September 1917 while on home leave from France. His widow later completed a list of her husband's surviving blood relatives for the army. She and Ernest were childless; her husband's parents Arthur and Annie were still living and they and their surviving children, Jack (26), Tom (13) and Mary (16) were all living at 92 Birkin Avenue. It is likely that Arthur Shaw died in 1936 aged 67 (death registered March Nottingham).
In 1911 he was a baker's carter
23 Oct 1917
829202 - CWGC Website
He enlisted in Nottingham
Lance Corporal
10th Bn Lincolnshire Regiment
Ernest attested on 14 January 1916 and was transferred to the Army Reserve until mobilized on 21 February 1916. He was posted on 22 February and embarked Southampton on 28 June 1916 for France. He joined the 10th (S) Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment on 12 July 1916. He was wounded on 15 September 1916 and again the following year on 7 June. On the latter occasion he spent some time in 22 General Hospital Calais but was able to rejoin the battalion on 29 June 1917. He was promoted lance corporal on 21 August 1917 before being awarded leave from 9 September to 20 September. He was killed in action a month after he rejoined from leave. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial (Panel Reference: 35 to 37).
His widow was awarded a pension of 13/9d per week with effect from 8 July 1918. Nottingham Post notice (abridged), 6 November 1917: 'Shaw. Died of wounds October 21st, Driver Bernard Shaw RFA aged 18, son of Arthur and Annie Shaw, 92 Birkin Avenue. Mother, father, brothers Jack, Ernest and Tom, sister Mary.' It seems that this notice may have been inserted before the family knew of Ernest's death on 23 October.
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