Leonard James Shaw

by Dorothy Phyllis Pearson

This is my husband's great uncle Len. He must have been a hero, I know all the family think of him as one. LEONARD JAMES SHAW was the son of John Shaw and Jennet Waddell Walker. Born 08 Aug 1885 at Tauwhare, Scotsman's Valley, [so named after his parents].

He studied for mining certificates and after a period in Waihi went to Wellington where he was an assayist in the Dominion Laboratory. He went to Gallipoli with the 2nd N.Z.E.F., was wounded, returned home, became a commissioned officer, went to England and was killed in action near Baupaume in France.

Uncle Leonard sent home a poppy from Flanders to his parents in New Zealand; the 'Poppy' is presently on loan to the Auckland War Museum.

Initials: L. J.
Nationality: New Zealand
Rank: Second Lieutenant
Regiment: Auckland Regiment, N.Z.E.F.
Unit Text: No. 6 Coy. 2nd Bn.
Age: 32
Date of Death: 29/09/1918
Service No: 7/1323
Additional information:
Son of the late John and Jessie Shaw of Glen Murray, Auckland. [Formerly of Scotsman's Valley, Tauwhare].
Also served at Gallipoli.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead