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Private John Henry Shaw

John Henry Shaw

Private 1114934 7th Battalion
Duke of Wellington's Regiment (West Riding)


Killed in Action 31 Oct 1944 : Aged 38

Bergen-op-Zoom English War Cemetery - Ref: 6. C. 8.

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Private John Henry Shaw was born 27th March 1906 in Huthwaite. Marriage between coal mining father John Shaw from Belper, Derbyshire, and Miss Hannah Dobb from Hucknall Huthwaite Greenwood Falls Farm, gained their Huthwaite parental home on Sutton Road. Redefined Sutton borders determine nonetheless, a newly addressed 44 Huthwaite Road, is where 1911 census lists their Shaw family headed by John 28, wife Hannah 27, mothering John Henry 5, Sarah Anne 3, and youngest son Leslie 1.

Mr John Henry Shaw followed his father underground working the coal mines before wedding Miss Mary Ellen Fox, daughter of Mr Arthur and Mrs Emma Fox who was born 1906 in Sampson's Yard, Huthwaite. Mrs Mary Ellen Shaw became fondly called Nellie after mothering their two sons named Jack and Lesley listed 1939 at their Huthwaite birth place 21 Carnarvon Grove.

Mrs Mary Ellen Shaw Coal Miner John Henry Shaw was furthermore titled by 1941 Huthwaite trade directory as a Fried Fish Dealer at 149 Sutton Road. Mrs (Nellie) Shaw sits fronting that business doorway actually run by herself up until around 1959.

Private 1114934 John Henry Shaw served king and country in the Duke of Wellington's Regiment. Army 7th Battalion fought German forces on the Belgian Dutch border, where Pte Shaw was killed in action on 31th October 1944. Casualties sustained throughout previous days were given temporary graves, until reinterred with future military honour in the Netherlands Bergen-op-Zoom War Cemetery

Sons independently chose to leave Huthwaite. Jack lived out his live in North London. Lesley moved to Edwinstowe to became a married father. His son Mr Chris Shaw offers personalised remembrance for grandfather, adding father in family photos sent from Grantham.

Chris remembers his war widowed grandmother did remarry another John in 1947. Nellie and John lived just opposite Huthwaite Cemetery, near the war memorial listing first husband J. Shaw. And then in those grounds, her own 1969 burial named Mrs Mary Ellen Cockayne.

Pte John Henry Shaw Mrs Mary Ellen Shaw Mr Lesley Shaw

20 Nov 12     by Gary Elliott       Updated 29 May 19