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A First War Canadian Group to the 14th Infantry Battalion


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A First War Canadian Group to the 14th Infantry Battalion

A First War Canadian Group to the 14th Infantry Battalion - 1914-15 Star (404453 Pte W. SHAW. 14/CAN:INF:); British War Medal (404453 PTE. W. SHAW. 14-CAN.INF.); and Victory Medal (404453 PTE. W. SHAW. 14-CAN.INF.). Naming is officially impressed. Un-mounted, original ribbons, dark patina on the BWM, surface wear on the Star, gilt wear on the VM, light contact, very fine. Accompanied by copies of his Index Cards, Attestation Paper, Service Records, Medical Records, Discharge Certificates and Department of Veterans Affairs Record of Service in the Canadian Armed Forces. Footnote: Walter Shaw was born on July 10, 1896 in Stainland, Yorkshire, England. He was a resident of Toronto, Ontario when he signed his Attestation Paper as a Private (404453) with the 35th Infantry Battalion, on April 12, 1915 in Toronto, Ontario, at the age of 18, naming his next-of-kin as his mother, Mrs. W.H. Shaw, stating that he belonged to an active militia, that he was not married and that his trade was that of Woolen Finisher. He was an unusually tall recruit, at six feet, one and a half inches. The Battalion was raised and mobilized in Toronto under the authority of G.O. 86, July 1, 1915. Once in England, Shaw was taken on strength of the 23rd Reserve Battalion at Shorncliffe on August 26, 1915, then struck off strength to the 14th Infantry Battalion at West Sandling before proceeding to France for service, departing for the French theatre on October 27th, then taken on strength of the 14th Infantry Battalion at the Canadian Base Depot on November 3rd. He proceeded to his unit in the field on November 6th, arriving with his new unit on the 8th. Five months later, Shaw was wounded while in action at the Somme, on April 7, 1916. Two days later, he was admitted to No. 3 Canadian Field Ambulance on the 9th, continuing to experience "shock" and exhibiting a slight gun shot wound (shrapnel) to his right thigh. After eight days treatment at No. 3 CFA, he was discharged and rejoined his unit on the 17th. It would prove to be one of a series of hospitalizations that he would endure during the war. Shaw was wounded again five months later, in the Fall of 1916, suffering a gun shot wound to his chest and left thigh. He was admitted to No. 4 General Hospital at Camiers on September 24th, where his condition was initially treated. Two weeks later he was stabilized and invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Laufranc and upon arrival in England, transferred to the Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre at Folkestone on October 7th, then hospitalized at 1st Western General Hospital in Fazakerley at Liverpool on October 8th. This time, the wounding forced a longer stay in hospital, totalling eight weeks, before he was discharged on December 4th. He followed his stay at 1st WGH with a two month admission to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital at Epsom onDecember 13th, before returning to the 23rd Reserve Battalion for duty, at Hastings on February 6, 1917. Shaw was attached to the Assistant Provost Marshal at the Quebec Regimental Depot, from March 29 to October 22, 1917. He was attached to the Quebec Regimental Depot, when he was admitted to the Canadian Special Hospital at Witley Camp on October 31, 1917, with a case of Gonorrhea. Three and a half weeks later, he was struck off strength to the Canadian Army Medical Corps Depot onNovember 24th, but soon found himself at the Canadian Special Hospital at Witley on December 3rd, where he was hospitalized for another sixteen days, before being discharged from hospital on December 19th. The Gonorrhea came to the fore a third time, forcing his admission to the Canadian Special Hospital at Witley Camp on January 17, 1918. The case was a severe one and combined with the issues to his leg, established him as a patient for the next sixteen weeks, before being discharged on May 8, 1918. During this time, he was posted to the Canadian Army Medical Corps Depot on February 6, 1918. In his Medical Report, dated April 30, 1918 at Witley Camp, it was noted that his left thigh was heavily scarred, that there was "some enlargement of the leg" and that Shaw "says it interferes with his walking and is unable to do any work that requires walking or standing long". The attending doctor declared that Shaw was "fit for base duty" but that his condition would be permanent in nature. Shaw was struck off strength to "H" Wing for return to Canada on April 24, 1919, was to be Acting Corporal effective April 28, 1919, and later, named Sergeant, before returning to Canada. His return to Canada was delayed by another stay in hospital, this time for eighteen days, at the Canadian Special Hospital at Witley Camp, from June 6, 1918 to June 24, 1919. He was attached to the Canadian Discharge Depot at Buxton, Derbyshire for return to Canada on July 31, 1919, leaving for Canada on August 13th aboard H.M.T. Baltic, arriving in Halifax, Nova Scotia on the 21st. Sergeant Walter Shaw was discharged upon demobilization on August 25, 1919, at Halifax Depot, Clearing Services Command in Halifax, credited with having served in Canada, England and France and entitled to wear the War Service Badge, Class "A", number 255900. For his First World War service, he was awarded the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. He died on December 13, 1943.
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