SHAW, Walter John
(Service number 52053)

Aliases Ben
First Rank Private Last Rank


Date 30 April 1891 Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment C/o Transport Coy, Rotorua
Occupation Motor mechanic
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin Mrs Clara SHAW (mother), Jackson Street, Timaru
Religion Church of England
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 29th Reinforcements, Specialists Company, Machine-Gun Section
Date 13 August 1917
Transport Mokoia
Embarked From Destination Glasgow, Scotland
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

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Military Awards

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Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 15 November 1948 Age 57 years
Place of Death Rotorua
Memorial or Cemetery Rotorua Cemetery
Memorial Reference RSA Section, Row 6, Plot 22
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Walter John Shaw, known as Ben, was the younger son of Thomas and Clara Jane (née Dutton) Shaw. He returned to New Zealand on the Maunganui in June 1919. He married Ella Jean skudder in 1922. Walter John Shaw, a foreman with the Rotorua Borough Council, died after attenpting to rescue a fellow workman from a blocked sewer, when both were overcome by toxic gasses. He was survived by his wife, three daughters and two sons. Walter's brother, Edmund enlisted for World War I.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [18 March 2018]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [18 March 2018]; Timaru Herald, 16 June 1919 (Papers Past) [17 March 2018]; Report attached to ancestry tree ( [20 March 2018]

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