Arnold Shaw

Medals awarded

  • Distinguished Service Order
  • 1914 Star
  • British War Medal 1914-20
  • Victory Medal 1914-19
  • India General Service Medal 1908-35
    Clasp: Waziristan
  • 1939-45 Star
  • Africa Star 1940-43
  • Italy Star 1943-45
  • Defence Medal 1939-45
  • War Medal 1939-45
    MID oak leaf
  • General Service Medal 1918-62
    Clasp: Palestine
  • Africa General Service Medal 1902-56
    MID oak leaf
    Clasp: Kenya
  • King George VI Coronation Medal 1937
  • Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal 1953

Born in 1896, Arnold Lupton Shaw joined the 5th Lancers and was present at the Battles of the Aisne (1914), Ypres (1915), Somme (1916) and Arras (1917).

He transferred to the Yorkshire Regiment in September 1917 and was wounded near Ypres in 1918.

Between the wars, he served in Waziristan (1923 to 1925) and with the Shanghai Defence Force between 1930 and 1931.

While serving in India between 1933 and 1936, Shaw played cricket for the ‘Europeans’ team. His dedication to the game he loved endured, and was well catered for in the regiment; even during the Second World War. A fellow officer recalled that before the invasion of Sicily in 1943, Shaw ‘asked me to lunch with the 1st Battalion somewhere in the desert near Alexandria…; I could scarcely believe my eyes as the first thing I saw was a cricket net and batting wicket. On going into the Mess tent, I was introduced to six 1st Class County cricketers, one Middlesex, and the rest Yorkshire including Sellars and Verity…’

Shaw commanded the 1st Battalion during the capture of Sicily, earning a DSO for his ‘marked skill, gallantry and determination’ throughout the campaign.

On retirement from the army in 1948, Brigadier Shaw joined the Nairobi police force and was made Assistant Superintendent of Police on 6 January 1950, becoming Senior Superintendent on 1 January 1956. He died in Malton, Yorkshire on 13 November 1972.