Kenneth Lawrence Shaw

Private Kenneth Lawrence Shaw served with the Pioneer Corps based at the No. 24 British General Hospital, Campbell College, Belfast when he died on 5th May 1941.

Private

Kenneth Lawrence Shaw

13058748

Private Kenneth Lawrence Shaw served with the Pioneer Corps based at the No. 24 British General Hospital, Campbell College, Belfast when he died on 5th May 1941.

Private Kenneth Lawrence Shaw (13058748) served in the Pioneer Corps during World War Two. He died on service during the Belfast Blitz on 5th May 1941.

Ward was born in Chadwell Heath, Essex, England. He was the son of Harry Glynn Shaw and Marjory Kathleen Shaw.

Campbell College Military Hospital

Imperial War Museum Photo: No 24 British General Hospital suffered extensive damage during the Belfast Blitz. The main building at Campbell College, Belfast was bombed killing nineteen people. This photo features in the book ‘Bodies In Our Backyard’ by Elaine McClure.

Death at Campbell College

Private Shaw served with the Pioneer Corps at the time of his death. He died on 5th May 1941, one of nineteen staff and patients who perished in the bombing of Campbell College Military Hospital. He was 23 years old. Kenneth Lawrence Shaw had been employed at the No. 24 British General Hospital based at the school in Belfast. This was the last Luftwaffe raid in what was known as the Belfast Blitz in April and May 1941.

Blitz damage at Campbell College

Imperial War Museum Photo: The Belfast Blitz of May 1941 devastated the No 24 British General Hospital at Campbell College, Belfast. The wards in the school grounds consisted mainly of Nissen huts. This photo features in the book ‘Bodies In Our Backyard’ by Elaine McClure.

His place of death was recorded as the Mater Hospital in Belfast where he would have been taken for treatment after the attack. The funeral took place on 10th May 1941. An inscription on his headstone reads:

He that hath clean hands and a pure heart, he shall receive the blessing from The Lord.

Private Kenneth Lawrence Shaw’s grave is in Glenalina Extension, Section AS, Grave 104 of Belfast City Cemetery, Belfast, Co. Antrim.

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