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Name: SHAW, Robert de Vere Bart. MC & Bar, Sir

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Nee: 6th Baronet

Birth Date: 24 Feb 1890 Bushy Park, Dublin

Death Date: 26 Mar 1969 Wicklow

First Date: 1922

Profession: Major RA Reserve; European War 1914-19 (despatches, MC with Bar). Farmer, Bondoni.Konza

Area: Bondoni, Konza, Magadi, Njoro, 1925 'Bondoni', Machakos, 1930 Konza

Married: 14 Mar 1923 Dorothy Joan Cross b. 16 Feb 1901 Solihull, d. 1967 Ireland

Children: Robert (31 Jan 1925 Nairobi-18 Dec 2002); John Frederick de Vere (8 May 1930-30 Oct 1960, car accident)

Book Reference: Red 31, Debrett, KAD, Red 25, Hut, Thurston, Red 22, Burke, Breckenridge, Childhood, Web

War Service: Hon Lt-Col RA

School: Harrow and RMA Woolwich

General Information:

Thurston - CO 533, 493/18 - 1938 - Sir Robert Shaw: assistance to return to Kenya in time to prevent loss of seat in legislative council
Burke - MLC Kenya 1934-38
Breckenridge - "Our next and nearest neighbours were to the west only a few miles away. The Shaws, Sir Robert, who married 'Phoff', another Percival nanny, and had two children Robert and John, who was killed in a car acident. Young Robert went to America to drill for oil.
Childhood - Michael Hopkins - "On the other side of Momandu was Bondoni, the domain of Sir Robert Shaw and Lady Shaw. His only claim to fame that has remained in my memory was alleged to be his party trick of reciting the entire (considerable) wording on the boxes advertising the merits of the enclosed 'Bromo' toilet paper. Their two sons were Robert and Michael.
Web - Supplement to the London Gazette - 16 Sept 1918 - Capt (A/Maj) Robert de Vere Shaw, MC, RFA - For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during an enemy attack. By his fine initiative his battery was enabled to do splendid work and inflict heavy casualties on the enemy. He remained at his post for several hours after being badly wounded. (MC gazetted 14 Jan 1916)
Gazette 6 Dec 1938 Ukamba Voters List
Sue Pelly (sister-in-law of son John): Robert Shaw had been badly wounded in the first World War so found riding difficult.  He used to play Patience every afternoon.  He loved carpentry and made all the gates on the farm, He and Joan, who played the piano very beautifully, were wonderfully hospitable and generous people although money was always very scarce. They lent their ponies to any hopeful young polo player. Robert managed an Italian POW camp during the Second World War.  Joan said that was the only time they made money with her running the farm and Robert earning. Robert sold Bushy Park, the family house in Ireland, in the early 1950s.  They did retire to Ireland after their son John was tragically killed and the farm bought out by the Kenya settlement board. Their other son Robert remained in Canada.

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