George Dorricutt SHAW OBE, MID

Badge Number: S10182, Sub Branch: Walkerville

SHAW, George Dorricutt

Service Number: Officer
Enlisted: 19 August 1914
Last Rank: Captain
Last Unit: 10th Infantry Battalion
Born: Hindmarsh, South Australia, 5 July 1883
Home Town: Hindmarsh, Charles Sturt, South Australia
Schooling: Whinham College, North Adelaide & Adelaide School of Mines
Occupation: Chemist
Died: General Hospital, Springbank, SA, cause of death not yet discovered, date not yet discovered
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Adelaide Grand Masonic Lodge WW1 Honour Board (2), Lindisfarne Officers of the 12th Battalion Pictorial Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

19 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1
20 Oct 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Captain, SN Officer, 10th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
20 Oct 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Captain, SN Officer, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ascanius, Adelaide
29 Jun 1917: Honoured Mention in Dispatches
11 Nov 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, 10th Infantry Battalion
Date unknown: Involvement 10th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières

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George Dorricutt Shaw was a commanding officer at Gallipoli, the longest serving officer of the ANZACs - landing on day 1 of Gallipoli and not leaving until the final evacuation. He continued to serve until the end of the first world war, and was the second longest serving officer in the AIF in WW1. He was mentioned in despatches in France for his gallantry at Mouquet Farm, where he was shot, but survived. 

In World War 2 he served as the Commissioner Civil Defence in South Australia, so capably that he earned an OBE for his role. My father, James Graham Kelley, now holds that OBE at his residence - with his own Member of the Order of Australia (Military Division).


Returned to Australia 19 October 1918