Dr. Shaw memorial window

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St Lawrence church memorial window, Isle of Wight
The window to the memory of Dr. Shaw and family, St. Lawrence Church

Originally installed in The Royal National Hospital, Ventnor (reputedly in 1873[1]) the window consists of three panels of Pre-Raphaelite stain-glass representing the Raising of Lazarus, and Jairus's daughter - both by William Morris, and Healing of the Woman with an Issue of Blood by Ford Madox Brown[2]. The window was erected in memory of Dr George James Shaw, who died aged 72 at Ventnor, March 3 1892, also of Mary Anne his wife and also of their son D de Leon Herbert Shaw who died October 23 1871 aged 22.

Following the closure of The Royal, National Hospital, the 1964, the window, together with another one from the hospital, were presented to St. Lawrence Church by the Ventnor Urban District Council and installed there by parishioners and public subscription. The new installations were dedicated by the Lord Bishop of Portsmouth, in the presence of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, on 31 May 1975[3].

Notice of death of David De Leon Herbert Shaw (The Scotsman - 27 October 1871)

Deaths. - At 18 Hope Crescent, on the 26th inst., in his 23rd year, DAVID DE LEON HERBERT, only son of Deputy-Inspector-General of Hospitals G. J. SHAW, M.D., late of Her Majesty's Bombay Army, and grandson of DAVID THOM, Esq, of Leith.

George James Shaw obituary (Pall Mall Gazette - 5 March 1892) (died Ventnor, 3 March 1892):

DEATH OF DR. SHAW. The death has occurred at Ventnor, of Dr. George James Shaw, who had seen much Indian service. He held the post of Deputy Inspector-General of Hospitals in the late Bombay medical establishment. He was for some years Mint Master at Madras and Calcutta, also surgeon in the Scind Irregular Horse, with which corps he served at the battle of Meeanee in 1843, under Sir. Charles Napier. His remains will be interred at Edinburgh.

Notice of death of Mary Anne Shaw (Isle of Wight County Press - 31 December 1898):

Deaths in the year "... Mrs. Mary Anne Shaw, 75, widow of Dr. George James Shaw, for many years Master of the Mint at Madras, her death occurring on Christmas-eve at Ventnor, where she was known to many for her kindly deeds; ..."

  1. Isle of Wight County Press - 7 June 1975; front page news, report of Queen mother's visit.
  2. St Lawrence Church leaflet
  3. A plaque within the church