Private William Leslie Shaw

Susan Marie Shaw, great niece of Private William Leslie Shaw, submitted the following account:

My great-uncle William Leslie Shaw of Lindsay,Ontario, served in the Great War with two of his brothers. Unlike them, he never came back.

My husband and I, with no information about him such as when or where he died, went to Flanders in October, 2002 and found his name in the first place we looked, the Menin Gate.

From there we discovered many things and, upon buying and reading "For King and Empire (The Canadians at Passchendaele)" were able to visit the very field wherein he most likely fell. It was quite an emotional experience not only for us, but for aging relatives who never knew, for so many decades, what had happened to their "Billy".

William Shaw was 23 when he died on Nov. 6, 1917. He was with the 2nd Division, Canadian Infantry (Alberta Regiment), 31st Battalion. He remains missing, in the Ravebeek Valley southwest of Passchendaele, just north of Crest Farm.

After 85 years, someone finally returned to look for him. And though we never knew him, we left this on a cross in Ypres: "We will remember you as long as there are memories. RIP, Billy Shaw".

To view a photo, of William with his two brothers, taken six weeks before he was killed in action, click here.

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