Samuel Anderson Shaw
14295 Private Samuel Anderson Shaw, 16th Battalion (2nd Glasgow) Highland Light Infantry. An old and alternative nickname of the battalion was “Glasgow Boys Brigade Battalion” and “Holy Second” was another, intended to be humorous
22 year old Samuel Anderson Shaw was the second oldest son of James and Maggie Shaw. Samuel was born in Coatbridge, and resided in Airdrie from an early age. He attended Airdrie Academy for at least part of his education. At the time of his enlistment in Glasgow, Samuel was resident in his parents’ house, Monkland View, Martyn Street, Airdrie. Prior to enlistment he’d worked for five years in the Electric Department of the Imperial Tube Works. He had also worked in a colliery in Bo’ness. Private Samuel A. Shaw entered the theatre of war in France with the 16th Battalion Highland Light Infantry on 23rd November 1915. Samuel Shaw’s death on the first day of the Battle of the Somme was not officially confirmed for over nine months (April 1917). He has no known resting place and is officially commemorated on Pier and Face 15C of the Thiepval Memorial in France.
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