Military Medal group of five awarded for bravery in action during the German Spring Offensive, March 1918 to Corporal Ernest Shaw, 6th Battalion Seaforth Highlanders. Later tried by Field General Court Martial when on active service on the charge of “conduct to the prejudice of good order and military discipline.”
Military Medal, (GVR), (265575 Cpl. E. F. Shaw. [/6 SEA. Hdrs – T.F.); 1914/15 Star, (1998 Cpl. E. F Shaw. Seaforth.); British War Medal 1914-20, (1998 Cpl. E. F. Shaw. Seaforth.); Victory Medal 1914-19, (1998 Cpl. EF. Shaw. Seaforth.); 1937 Coronation Medal.
Corporal Ernest Frances Shaw, M M , born1892
Seaforth Highlanders (1914-1918)
Labour Corps (1918-1919)
Ernest Frances Shaw enlisted into the Seaforth Highlanders on 8 September, 1914,
at Buckingham Gate, London, for the duration of war and was posted to the 6th Battalion.
His occupation a Law Clerk.
Posted to the Expeditionary Force with the 6th Battalion on 1 May, 1915.
Appointed paid Lance Corporal 1 August, 1916.
Promoted Corporal 20 April, 1917.
Posted on 28 November, 1917, from the 6th Battalion to the Depot.
Posted to the 4th (Reserve) Battalion Seaforth Highlanders on 1 January, 1918.
Posted to the 5th Battalion Seaforth Highlanders serving in France and Flanders on 21 March, 1918, and back to the 6th Battalion four days later. Absorbed into establishment 30 April, 1918.
Awarded the Military Medal, probably for the German offensive in March 1918, which was gazetted in the London Gazette of 7 October 1918.
On the 14 August, 1918, tried by Field General Court Martial on the charge, ‘when on Active Service conduct to the prejudice of good order & military discipline. On his Company being ordered to fall in said “Do not do it men, I’m not going to”, or words to that effect. The Court Finding: Guilty. Sentence: Reduced to the ranks. The punishment was conﬁrmed by Brigadier-General Seagrave, commanding 152nd Brigade the following day. Private Shaw was kept in conﬁnement for 15 days.
Back with the 6th Battalion Private Shaw was wounded in action on the 27 August, 1918, receiving a gun shot wound to his right thigh he was evacuated to No. 42 Casualty Clearing Station, which was located at Mingoval between August and October 1918. Mingoval is a small farming village located 12 miles northwest of Arras in the Pas-de- Calais region.
Ernest Shaw’s date of disembodiment from the army was 28 February, 1919, and he was serving with 216 DE Company, Labour Corps (regimental number 634901) at the time. His home address was 32 Raphael Drive, Knightsbridge, London, SW7.
Medals court mounted for display, VF condition.