George Shaw was born in Lye and lived at 19 Lawrence Street, Stambermill. He volunteered, probably in 1914, and enlisted in the Worcesters. He joined the 4th Battalion who were sent to Gallipoli in April 1915. After a successful landing attempts to reach the vital ridge failed and the campaign became a stalemate. Reinforcements arrived to extend the Allied position and in order to assist with the new landing at Suvla Bay on the 6th August the Worcesters led a major diversionary attack on the Turks at the village of Krithia. This was their third attempt to break through the Turkish defences at this point and it was another failure. Private George Shaw was one of over 700 casualties on this dire day, most of them killed in action. He was only 17 years of age and is commemorated on the Helles, Lye and Wollescote, Stourbridge and Lye church Memorials.
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