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Arthur Percival SHAW

Regimental number1732
Place of birthPort Augusta, South Australia
SchoolLe Fevers School, South Australia
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationShipwright
AddressHugh Street, Sandwell, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 5.5"
Weight131 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs H Shaw, Hugh Street, Sandwell, South Australia
Previous military serviceServed in the Royal Australian Naval Reserve for 5 years.
Enlistment date13 May 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name27th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/44/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A61 Kanowna on 23 June 1915
Regimental number from Nominal Roll1782
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll27th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularHe was a member of the Australian Native Lodge.
FateKilled in Action 4 October 1917
Place of death or woundingZonnebeke, Belgium
Age at death22
Age at death from cemetery records22
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 23), Belgium

The Menin Gate Memorial (so named because the road led to the town of Menin) was constructed on the site of a gateway in the eastern walls of the old Flemish town of Ypres, Belgium, where hundreds of thousands of allied troops passed on their way to the front, the Ypres salient, the site from April 1915 to the end of the war of some of the fiercest fighting of the war.

The Memorial was conceived as a monument to the 350,000 men of the British Empire who fought in the campaign. Inside the arch, on tablets of Portland stone, are inscribed the names of 56,000 men, including 6,178 Australians, who served in the Ypres campaign and who have no known grave.

The opening of the Menin Gate Memorial on 24 July 1927 so moved the Australian artist Will Longstaff that he painted 'The Menin Gate at Midnight', which portrays a ghostly army of the dead marching past the Menin Gate. The painting now hangs in the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, at the entrance of which are two medieval stone lions presented to the Memorial by the City of Ypres in 1936.

Since the 1930s, with the brief interval of the German occupation in the Second World War, the City of Ypres has conducted a ceremony at the Memorial at dusk each evening to commemorate those who died in the Ypres campaign.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
111
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John and Hanorah SHAW, Hugh Street, Sandwell, Port Adelaide
Family/military connectionsBrother: 3373 Pte Roy Glanville SHAW, 4th Division Train, returned to Australia, 20 July 1919.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 4 September 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria, 10 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 15 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 21 March 1916.

Wounded in action, 4 August 1916 (shell wound, left breast); admitted to 4th Australian Field Ambulance, 6 August 1916; transferred to 3rd Casualty Clearing Station; to 13th Stationary Hospital, Boulogne, 7 August 1916; to England, 10 August 1916, and admitted to Wharncliffe Hospital, Sheffield (gun shot wound, chest axilla: severe). Marched into No. 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, from 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 25 November 1916. Proceeded overseas to France, 10 June 1917; rejoined Bn, 24 June 1917.

Killed in action, Belgium, 4 October 1917.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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