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Yokohama cemetery

Remembering: Corporal Ronald Francis Shaw

11 August 2015

Among the estimated 80,000 casualties at Nagasaki were a number of Allied Prisoners of War, who were being held at the Fukuoka Number 14 POW camp, just over a mile from where the bomb detonated.

Corporal Ronald Francis Shaw, of Edmonton, North London was one of the casualties.

Corporal Shaw was captured in Jakarta in 1942 while serving with 84 Squadron Royal Air Force and was one of 36,000 Allied prisoners of war shipped to Japan - where he was forced to work at an iron foundry in a shipyard.

Corporal Shaw's ashes were later interred at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Yokohama War Cemetery in Japan, alongside 1,800 other servicemen. Yokohama is the only CWGC cemetery in Japan.

Two other men - Robert Birtwistle, 26, of the Loyal Regiment (North Lancashire) and Royal Navy Volunteer Reservist Sub-Lieutenant Sidney Newton, of Wheelock Heath, Cheshire - also died on 9 August in Japan. They are thought to have been in Nagasaki but CWGC records do not reveal their cause of death.

Corporal Shaw's story is one of those revealed on the newly installed information panel at the cemetery - recently unveiled by CWGC Vice Chairman Sir Joe French and local primary school children. The panel is part of a global initiative by the CWGC to provide more information to visitors to our cemeteries and memorials and help them remember those who died.