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2139: Stephen Shaw Cheshire Regiment

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posted on 2024-01-16, 15:02 authored by Lest We Forget Project Team

June's grandfather came from Mold, North Wales, and in civilian life was a stonemason who worked on Chester Cathedral. He was a pacifist who was unwilling to fulfil a military role which might have involved killing, so he served as a stretcher bearer in the Cheshire Regiment. He was 23 years old when he enlisted and June's grandmother was 29 years old when they married.

During his wartime service he had two regimental numbers. It is unclear whether this was because he transferred between units or whether it was the result of renumbering (there was an extensive renumbering of the Territorial Battalions). It is possible he served in the Yeomanry (unit unknown) and he may have been "in Palestine".

History

Name of contributor(s)

June Dadswell

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

Stephen Shaw served as a stretcher bearer in Cheshire Regiment as a pacifist.

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

1914 - 1918

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

Probably France/Flanders and possibly Palestine

Object(s)

Birth Certificate 3 Photographs Cheshire Regimental Certificate Copy of form (provenance unknown) showing two service numbers and manuscript notes made by Stephen's brother.

Community Collection Day

Southern Roadshow, Gosport (13/02/19)

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