George Albert Shaw
5th Light Horse Regiment
George Albert Shaw was born at West Ham, England on the 24th April, 1896. He emigrated with his family in 1911 aboard the “Omrah’. Prior to enlistment in the 5LH, he was employed as a boundary rider at “Lou Lou” Park sheep and cattle station, 100 miles north of Jericho, Qld. He enlisted with his friend, Hughie Anderson, from “Eastmere Downs” on the 27th June, 1915 and arrived in Egypt aboard the “Orsova’ in December, 1915.
He served in A Squadron under Major A. G. Bolingbroke DSO and was in the ambush at the end of the Dead Sea when Major Bolingbroke lost an eye.
Mr Shaw also saw the lining up of the 4th and 12th Light Horse Regiments when they charged Beersheeba and joined in with them. He, along with other Light Horse members, served in the brief but violent Arab Revolt, finally being discharged on the 27th September, 1919.
On return to Australia, he attended QIT Brisbane, gaining his engine drivers certificate and worked at “Mitchell Downs” in that capacity until returning to Brisbane, working at Perkins Brewery for seven years.
He married Miss Adelaide Clark in Brisbane in 1921 and had three daughters and spent the last 23 years of employment working as a P.M.G. Linesman, retiring in 1961.
During the second World War, he joined the army as a L.O.C. (Lines of Communications) while still attached to the P.M.G.
George Albert Shaw passed away on the 29th February 1996 aged 99.
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||Patience Street, Morningside, Brisbane, Queensland|
|Age at embarkation||19|
|Next of kin||Mother, Mrs Francis Shaw, Patience Street, Morningside, Brisbane, Queensland|
|Enlistment date||8 September 1915|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||5th Light Horse Regiment, 15th Reinforcement|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||10/10/4|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A67 Orsova on 11 March 1916|
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Private|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||5th Light Horse Regiment|
|Returned to Australia 28 June 1919|