Henry Chorlton Shaw was born in Ashton-under-Lyne on November 19, 1890. His father Henry was an Accountant and his mother Mary C Shaw died when Henry Chorlton Shaw was very young.
By 1911 he was living with his father and brother in Ashton and working as a secretary at a cotton mill. He was commissioned into the 9th Battalion Manchester Regiment as 2nd Lieutenant on February 16, 1914 and promoted to Lieutenant on September 2, 1914 the same day that Brigadier-General D. G. Prendergast, commanding the East Lancashire Infantry Brigade, visited the Battalion at Bury during their final preparations to leave for Egypt.
He sailed with the battalion to Egypt on September 10th and served with them through their training and preparations for action. He landed with the Battalion in Gallipoli on May 9, 1915 assigned to D Company. He was not subsequently mentioned in the battalion or Brigade war diaries.
He was promoted to Captain on August 9, 1917 with precedence from June 1, 1916. It is noted in the London Gazette that he relinquished his commission on February 5, 1919 due to ill health contracted on active service, retaining his rank of Captain.
In July 1919 he married Elsie M. Nickson in Fylde, Lancashire, their daughter Betty Shaw having been born on June 5, 1918.
In 1939 he was living on Mottram Road, Stalybridge with his wife and daughter and one other child. His occupation was estate agent and money lender.
Captain Henry Chorlton Shaw died in Stalybridge on July 22, 1973. He was 82 years old.