Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Captain Joseph Gregor Shaw

Born on 26 June 1882 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island - brother of Mrs. D.W. Fraser, Montreal, Quebec - at the time of his commissioning in 1915: trade as medical doctor; single; no current military service; previously served in a summer training camp in 1905 at Charlottetown (two weeks); Presbyterian; height of 5 feet 9 inches; chest of 37 inches fully expanded; dark complexion; grey eyes; dark hair.

Joined the 62nd Battalion, CEF, in Vancouver, British Columbia, as the battalion medical officer on 1 July 1915 - taken on the strength of the Canadian Army Medical Corps, CEF, in France on 9 June 1916 - attached to the 38th Battalion, CEF, from 17 March to 24 May 1917.

Recommended for a Military Cross, but no award made - unit recommendation dated 3 July 1917: "For valuable services rendered in his capacity of Medical Officer during attack on Vimy Ridge and succeeding two months."

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (, online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force; Canadian War Museum, 19680229-001, Manu 58C 1 2.18, Honours and Awards, 38th Battalion (Records of recommendations for honours and awards and mentioned in dispatches 19161121 19190117))

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