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David Atkinson Shaw (1896-1917)

From Bishop Auckland, served with 18th Battalion DLI (Durham Pals), killed in action at Arras

David Atkinson Shaw, the son of David Atkinson & Mary Jane Shaw, was born in Bishop Auckland on 15 September 1896. He had six brothers and four sisters and lived in Bishop Auckland all his life. He joined the 6th Battalion Durham Light Infantry at Houghton-le-Spring on 18 August 1914. On 21 August 1915 he landed in France with the 10th Battalion DLI. Later that year he was wounded, the cause of which was the subject of a Board of Enquiry, and he was repatriated to England on 1 December. He was sent back to France on 20 February 1917 with the 11th Battalion DLI and was transferred to the 18th Battalion DLI a month later. He was killed at the Battle of Arras on 4 May 1917.

Civil Parish: Bishop Auckland

Birth date: 15-Sep-1896

Death date: 4-May-1917

Armed force/civilian: Army

Residence: South Road West, Bishop Auckland (1901 census)
2, South Road west, Bishop Auckland (1911 census)

Employment: Bricklayer (1911 census)

Family: Father: David Atkinson Shaw
Mother: Mary Jane Shaw (nee Richardson)
Siblings: Harriett Annie, Frederic William, Joseph Walter, Mary Alice, James Arthur, Tom, Frank, Gertrude, Edith Emma & Lawrence Shaw

Military service:

Enlisted at Houghton-le-Spring on 18 August 1914 in the 6th Battalion Durham Light Infantry
Subsequently was transferred to the 10th, 11th & 18th Battalions
Regimental Number: 16815

Medal(s): 1914-1915 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal

Memorial(s): Arras Memorial, Bay 8
Durham Cathedral Book of Remembrance

Gender: Male

Contributed by John Edwards