Just Another Pair Of Socks

Melton District ANZACS

George Antoni SHAW


Born: 1898

Birthplace: Alburn, N.S.W.

Parents: George Shaw
Ann Margaret Holt

Died: 2 August, 1964

Cause: Acute respiratory failure and carcinoma of the lung.

Place of death: Fitzroy, Victoria

Burial place: Fawkner Cemetery, Fawkner, Victoria

Awards and Honours

  • British War Medal 1914-20
  • Victory Medal


8th Battalion, 19th Reinforcement; 39th Battalion



Regimental Service Number: 6095

Enlistment date: 3 April, 1916 Ballarat

Age at enlistment: 18 years 4 months

Address at enlistment: Melton South, Victoria

Religion: Roman Catholic

Marital Status: Single

Next of kin: Mother: Mrs Annie Roberts, Melton South Post Office

Physical Description: Height: 5 feet 6 inches
Weight: 8 stones 10 pounds
Complexion: Fair
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Very Fair
Distinctive marks: Scar on left knee; mole right shoulder

Embarkation ship: HMAT A32 Themistocles.

Rank: Private

Return Date: 15 November, 1919

Return Vessel: Ormonde.

Arrival at Australia: 26 December, 1919.

Discharge Date: 18 February, 1920

War Service Summary

28/07/1916 - Embarked for overseas
23/09/1916 - Joined 39th Battalion from 8th Battalion
13/11/1916 - A.W.L. 3 days; loses 7 days pay
23/11/1916 - Proceeded to France
12/03/1917 - Sent back to Australia underage
17/04 1917 - To Bulford, England
18/04/1917 - Attached for duty to 1st A.D.H., London
06/07/1917 - A.W.L. 1 day loses 7 days pay
03/10/1917 - Determined to be underage by Medical Board (P. 32 Serv. Rec.) To be fit for service when he is 19.
16/04/1918 - Discharged from hospital; influenza
31/07/1918 - Admitted; scabies
09/11/1918 - Proceeded overseas to France via Folkstone ex Fovant
13/11/1918 - Rouelles: Marched out to 39th General Hospital for duty (Class C1)
10/01/1919 - Havre: A.W.L., in town without a pass forfeits 14 days pay
27/01/1919 - Evacuated to England Classified B1
03/07/1919 - Married while in England
05/09/1919 - On Indefinite Leave, awaiting Family ship
15/11/1919 - Departed England for Australia aboard Ormonde
26/12/1919 - Disembarked
18/02/1920 - Discharged

War Service Commemerated

Life After the War

Names of wife & children:
03/07/1919 - Married Marie Bika aged 24, a Nurse at Salvation Army Hut, Amesbury.
Her father is listed as Doctor at the Wesleyan Church High Street
His father, George Shaw, is listed as farmer deceased.

13/04/1950 - 2nd marriage to Elizabeth Agnes McKew
Note: Death certificate registers only this marriage.

Place/s of residence:
1924 - Green st., Carisbrook; with Marie Gabrielle
1954 - 130 Albert St, Melbourne, with Elizabeth Agnes
1964 - 7 Taylor street, Yarraville

1924 - Vocational Student
1954 - Labourer
1964 - Fitters assistant

Date of death:
02/08/1964 Reg. # 18339 at Fitzroy
Dies of acute respiratory failure and carcinoma of the lung.

Place of burial:
Fawkner Cemetery

Other relevant information:
Note re Name:
Nominal Roll spells Antoni Anthony
Death certificate says 64 years in Victoria
While his enlistment was accepted 03/04/1916,
he had previously been rejected as unfit on the grounds of chest measurement.


Australian War Memorial
Service Record
Embarkation Roll