Private Harold Young Shaw King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry

Written by Karen Day
First Published


Harold Shaw died on the 3rd of October 1918, aged 26.

Harold was the son of John Young Shaw (Gloucestershire) and Mary Jane Shaw (Springthorpe, Lincs) he was born in Frodingham or New Frodingham as it is referred to on his records.

Harold's father came from a village called Westcote nr. Stow on the Wold in Gloucestershire. He carried his Grandfathers first name John and his middle name Young was his Grandfathers surname which he passed on to his own son Harold. The Young family were quite large and predominantly all were Master Carpenters and Carpenters. A quick internet search today threw up a number of Carpenter and Joiners in Gloucestershire with the name Young, so it would seem the family trade is still going strong.

1901 and the Shaw family were living in Robert St, Scunthorpe with Harold already having older siblings Albert, Edith Lily and Arthur.

1911 finds the 19 year old Harold employed as a trainee house painter living at 4 New Row, Thealby. His father was now working as an Estate Joiner, no doubt for the Sheffield family on Normanby Estate.

The family had expanded by then too with Herbert, born in Old Brumby, who was aged 8. Plus two more siblings born at Thealby, Mary Ann and John William aged 6 and 4 respectively. So taking in the children's ages it gives us a good idea that the Shaw family moved from Scunthorpe in 1905.

Medal Entitlement (Pip, Squeak & Wilfred)

Harold's medal entitlement is - The 1914 Star or 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal. These three medals became known as the Pip, Squeak and Wilfred for some reason the name of the three characters of a comic strip published by the Daily Mirror in the 1920 when the medals were being issued. It was written by Bertram J. Lamb (Uncle Dick), and drawn by the cartoonist Austin Bowen Payne (A.B. Payne). Pip was the dog, Squeak the penguin and Wilfred the young rabbit.

Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry

Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
Cap Badge

(KOYLI) was a regiment of the British Army. It officially existed from 1881 to 1968, but its predecessors go back to 1755. The regiment's traditions and history are now maintained by The Rifles.

The Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry Museum is housed in the same building as the Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery. Exhibits include uniforms, weapons, badges, medals, photos and a model of the Pontefract Barracks. Admission is free.

Harold lost his life in the last weeks of the conflict during the final advances on Flanders, Artois and Picardy on 3rd October 1918.

Record Details for Harold Young Shaw

First Names:Harold Young
Initials:H. Y.
Death Date:
Family Info:Son of John Young Shaw and Mary J. Shaw, of New Row, Thealby, Scunthorpe, Lincs.
Service Number:21044
Service:British Army
Regiment:King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
Battalion:1st Battalion
Grave:Templeux-Le-Guerard British Cemetery - I. K. 21. Map
Place of Death:Northern France


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  1. UK Census
  2. H Y Shaw War Record
  4. Wikipedia KOYLI Article

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