John Reginald Shaw was born in 1869. John, who resided in Pontefract, followed his father into colliery business. John had a long military history and had served in the Boer War with the King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment, later becoming the Colonel commanding the 3rd Battalion of the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry (K.O.Y.L.I.) John also served as the Mayor of Pontefract for six years and later as the Honorary Colonel of the 5th battalion of the K.O.Y.L.I. During the First World War, Colonel Shaw was involved with recruitment for the K.O.Y.L.I. and raised many battalions through his connections with colliery organisations and his local communities. He retired due to ill health and died in November 1916.
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