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RE: Famous People in the RAF


When I was in, one of the older guys remembered A/C T E Shaw's famous face in the NAAFI somewhere.  And his Brough Superior.  Jimmy said he kept himself much to himself.  Wonder if there is a story behind his hiding behind such a junior rank?

I read somewhere he signed the guest book at a posh society home: "338171 aircraftsman Shaw".  Noel Coward asked him " can I call you 338?"



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My Pa used to talk about T E Shaw a lot, especially a motorbike that he rode, anyone know the significance of the bike??

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Lawrence used to come to buy his motor cycles  directly from George Brough here in Nottingham.
The cycles were manufactured at Brough's works, Haydn Road Sherwood where I used to live.
They were known as the Rolls Royce of motor cycles.
Lawrence was riding a Brough Superior when he was killed near Wareham, Dorset very near to his cottage Clouds Hill.
He swerved to miss two lads on bikes and was thrown over the handle bars. 

Dennis


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Ah, that explains it Dennis, thanks smile.gif

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My father had one, but all I can remember is the stainless steel front forks.evileye

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I always suspected that Lawrence had topped himself since it was only a couple of days after he had to retire from his beloved Service life.  But swerving to avoid those two boys puts a very different view of his accidental death.

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  Allegedly it was the seventh Brough that he had owned and, the way I read it was that he swerved to avoid a Butcher's boy on a bike.  Anyone know what happened to the bike?  It would be worth a mint nowadays with that provenance.

  Beeza.


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I think lawrence was stationed at Coningsby during the war, wonder where he got the petrol from for his bike? Another famous name complete with the handlebar mo, that DC3 pilot Jimmy Edwards

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As an airman, Lawrence was at one time stationed at RAF Mount Batten near Plymouth and is well remembered in the area by many. Although RAF Mount Batten no longer exists, apart from the preserved hangars and a few other odds and ends, the site includes 'Lawrence Road' and 'Shaw Way'.

A personal memory I have of Lawrence's cottage at Clouds Hill near Bovingdon in Dorset, was the large shovel inside the back door. When I enquired about it I was told that it was for guests when they wanted to go to the lavatory! Later I proceeded around the garden with great caution!.

A very interesting and unusual man.

Regards ......Paul

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  I've just Googled Lawrence and the Brough.  Apparently he did swerve to avoid 2 cyclists (don't know where the story re the butcher's boy originated)_ and the Brough, now suitably restored is now on display at Beaulie. Lawrence had an 8th Brough on order it seems and the one on display has 25000 miles on it.  It seems that one of Lawrence's boasts was that he often covered 500 miles per day!

  Beeza.


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