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1816: Pte William Shaw (letter from King George; billet doux)

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posted on 2024-01-12, 09:30 authored by Lest We Forget Project Team

William Shaw was the maternal grandfather of Alan Elsegood. William was a Private in the 1st West Yorkshire Regiment Company B. He was born in Boroughbridge, Yorkshire. He was taken prisoner of war near the St Quentin Sector (The Somme) and detained at Giessen POW camp in Germany.

The family received a confirmation Attestation Prisoner of War letter from the International Red Cross detailing the place and date of the capture of William. A letter was also received from King George V on William's release from the POW camp. The letter was in manuscript.

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Name of contributor(s)

Alan Elsegood, grandson

Subject of the story/individual the object(s) relate to

Pte William Shaw

Date(s) the event(s) in the story took place

1918

Location(s) where the event(s) in the story took place

St Quentin Sector (The Somme); Giessen POW camp (Germany);

Object(s)

Letter from King George on his release, billet doux.

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