Bertram George SHAW

Regimental number84
Place of birthWestport, New Zealand
SchoolMount Cook State School, Wellington, New Zealand
Age on arrival in Australia21
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 7"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinEdward Shaw, 29 Home Street, Wellington, New Zealand
Enlistment date17 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name4th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/21/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 20 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 4 October 1917
Place of death or woundingPolygon Wood, Ypres, Belgium
Age at death29
Age at death from cemetery records26
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 7), 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
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Edward and Barbara SHAW, 115 Mein Street, Wellington, New Zealand. Native of Westport, New Zealand
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked from Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force (Gallipoli Campaign), 5 April 1915.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 23 May 1915.

Wounded in action, 6 August 1915 (gun shot wound, knee); admitted to 3rd Field Ambulance, 7 August 1915; transferred to Mudros, 7 August 1915. Admitted to 1st Australian General Hospital, Heliopolis, Egypt, 13 August 1915; transferred to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, 18 August 1915; to Helouan Convalescent Camp, 4 September 1915; discharged from A&NZ Convalescent Camp to Overseas Base, Ghezireh, 1 December 1915. rejoined Bn, Serapeum, 6 March 1916.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 23 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 30 March 1916.

Appointed Temporary Corporal, 1 August 1916; Corporal, 30 August 1916; Temporary Sergeant, 30 August 1916; reverted to Corporal, 3 October 1916; appointed Lance Sergeant, 17 January 1917.

Admitted to 1st Australian Field Ambulance, 27 February 1917 (pyrexian, unknown origin); rejoined unit, 9 March 1917.

Promoted Sergeant, 19 April 1917.

On leave to Paris, 28 August 1917; rejoined unit, 1 September 1917.

Killed in action, Belgium, 4 October 1917.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, SHAW Bertram George