Harold Vincent SHAW

SHAW, Harold Vincent

Service Number: 4034
Enlisted: 12 September 1914, Rochester, Victoria, Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 24th Infantry Battalion
Born: Exeter, England, 27 October 1877
Home Town: Nanneella, Campaspe, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Telephone Linesman
Died: Natural Causes, Coonamble, New South Wales, Australia, 11 July 1959, aged 81 years
Cemetery: Mildura (Nichols Point) Public Cemetery, Victoria
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World War 1 Service

12 Sep 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Rochester, Victoria, Australia
8 Feb 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 4034, 24th Infantry Battalion
8 Feb 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 4034, 24th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Warilda, Melbourne
Date unknown: Involvement 24th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières

Enlistment Date

Harold enlisted in the Australian Army on the 12th September 1914, it seems that he was in the Military Police in Melbourne till 21 January 1916 when he made a request for transfer to a rifle company. I have seen the passenger list of the ship he left Australia on in 1916 & it shows that he was the longest or second longest serving member on that ship. The documents I have been able to find at the National Australian Archives mentions his service in the Military Police but there are no details of what he did or where he was stationed in Melbourne or his units number.


Wounded in battle

Harold was wounded on the 4th of October 1917 at Passiondale, GSW right testicle, bayonet wound in side.

First Army Unit

Harold's first Unit was MILITARY POLICE Melbourne. His Service Record mentions the Anzac Police while he was in Alexandria, Egypt awaiting to be transferred to the 24th Battatlion, 9th Reinforcements.