Okain Cameron Shaw was born in Tongue, the son of Alexander Shaw of Tongue Mains Tongue and Jessie Cameron. They were married in 1886 at Glen Urquhart, Inverness. Mr Shaw was the head
gardener at Tongue House. Okain Cameron
Shaw emigrated to Canada, some time before the war and gained employment with the Ford
He enlisted into the Canadian
Army at the outbreak of war, joining the 4 Canadian Mounted
Rifles; the unit came to France as a part of the 8 Brigade, 3
Canadian Division. In October 1916, the 3 Canadian Division was
involved in the Battle of the Somme, when the Allies tried to break through the
German lines at terrible cost.
Sunday the 1of
October1916, was a warm sunny when the 4 Canadian Mounted Rifles,
fighting as infantry, attacked at zero hour. German artillery and machine-gun
fire held the Canadians up as they crossed no-mans land, to the North of
Courcelette. Uncut barbed wire was also found to be a problem as they
approached the enemy front line trenches.
The Canadians eventually reached Regina Trench
and began a bombing fight; they then stayed in this position until 2:am, when
they were forced to retire. Any further attacks on this area were postponed
until October the 8, because of bad weather. (See also Donald
Private Okain Cameron Shaw was
killed in action attacking Regina Trench during The Battle of the Somme. He was involved in some of the
heaviest fighting seen on the Somme battlefield, as the British tried in vain
to break the German lines and end the war.
Okain Cameron Shaw had two
brothers who also served in the First World War; Alex served in the Cameron
Highlanders and William who served in the Labour Company. They both survived
the war and returned home to Tongue.
SCOTTISHNATIONAL WARMEMORIAL EDINBURGH CASTLE
No entry found. (This is usually found if a person
emigrated to another country and took out citizenship for that country, his
nationality did not show as Scottish at the end of the war therefore he was not
included in the Roll of Honour.
COMMONWEALTH WAR GRAVES COMMISSION CANADIAN AGENCY
Shaw Private O.K. 491282 4Mounted Rifles
(Central Ontario Regiment)
Killed in action in France 1-10-16.
Private Okain Cameron Shaw, 4 Canadian
Mounted Rifles, has no known grave and his name is engraved on the VIMY RIDGE
MEMORIAL to the MISSING of the CANADIAN ARMY, PAS DE CALAIS, FRANCE.