Roland Allan SHAWYER


SHAWYER, Roland Allan

Service Number: 4208
Enlisted: 19 November 1915, Adelaide, SA
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 27th Infantry Battalion
Born: Riverton, South Australia, 16 June 1894
Home Town: Mount Gambier, Mount Gambier, South Australia
Schooling: Riverton Public & Gawler High Schools
Occupation: Bank Clerk
Died: Died of wounds, France, 21 May 1918, aged 23 years
Cemetery: Franvillers Communal Cemetery Extension
Plot 1, Row B, Grave 15
Memorials: Adelaide National Australia Bank WW1 Honour Board, Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Kadina & District WW1 Roll of Honor, Kadina Town Hall WW1 & WW2 Roll of Honour, Kadina War Memorial Arch, Men from Renmark and District Roll of Honor Boards (4), Mount Gambier War Memorial, Riverton & District High School Roll of Honor WW1, Riverton Memorial Community Swimming Pool Memorial and Flagpole, Riverton Methodist Church Honour Roll WW1, Riverton RSL Hall Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

19 Nov 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 4208, 27th Infantry Battalion, Adelaide, SA
9 Mar 1916: Involvement Private, SN 4208, 27th Infantry Battalion
9 Mar 1916: Embarked Private, SN 4208, 27th Infantry Battalion, RMS Mongolia, Adelaide
17 Jul 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 27th Infantry Battalion
21 Jul 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal, 27th Infantry Battalion
20 Sep 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 4208, 27th Infantry Battalion, Belgium
21 Mar 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 4208, 27th Infantry Battalion, France
21 May 1918: Involvement Corporal, SN 4208, 27th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Roland Allan SHAWYER was born on 16th June, 1894 at Riverton, South Australia

His parents were John Gilbert Allan SHAWYER and Victoria May BATTEN

He had two years previous experience in the 78th Battalion (Citizens Forces) before he enlisted in Adelaide on 19th November, 1915 to serve in WW1 - he embarked with the 27th Infantry Battalion, 10th reinforcements on the ship RMS Mongolia on 9th March, 1916 from Adelaide

Roland died on 21st May, 1918 from shell wounds to his head and is buried in Franvillers Communal Cemetery Extension - there is also a memorial headstone for him in the Payneham Cemetery in South Austalia

He was awarded the British War Medal & the Victory Medal



SHAWYER - In loving memory of our dear son & brother, Roland Allan Shawyer, killed in action on the 21st May, 1918

Inserted by his parents, brothers & sisters 

"Sweetest memories linger"


"He died the noblest death a man may die,

Fighting for God, and Right, and Liberty

And such a death is Immortality"