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Benjamin Shaw was born in Wolverhampton in 1890, the son of Benjamin and Mary Shaw. In 1901, the family were at 97 Alma Street, together with Benjamin’s brothers Arthur H. H., John, Percy and William, and sister Florence. He married Margaret Thomas in 1911, and the couple went on to have two children, Dorothy and Edward, in 1913 and 1914.

Benjamin enlisted in the 7th Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 9801). He fought at the Dardanelles, and was reported wounded and missing on 9 August 1915. A notice asking for information appeared in the Express & Star on 3 February 1916, when his wife’s address was given as No 3 Garden Row, Zoar Street. Unfortunately, it appears that he died on this date, at the age of 24. He is commemorated at the Helles Memorial in Turkey. He may also appear on the St Paul’s Church War Memorial.

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