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UK atom bomb victim is remembered
Nagasaki following the bombing
Mr Shaw is being added to the list of victims in Nagasaki's Peace Park
A former RAF engineer killed when an atomic bomb fell on the Japanese city of Nagasaki is to be remembered at a memorial dedicated to victims.

Cpl Ronald Shaw, 25, from Edmonton, north London, died when the US dropped the bomb on 9 August, 1945, three days after the destruction of Hiroshima.

His family, from Essex, welcomed the decision to add his name to the list of victims in Nagasaki's Peace Park.

Only two UK servicemen are believed to have been killed at Nagasaki.

The decision to add Mr Shaw's name to the list followed painstaking research by a Japanese historian determined to register each foreigner killed before services to mark the 60th anniversary of the bombing.

Mr Shaw's surviving family were contacted to offer their consent to the tribute and now plan to visit the city to pay their own respects.

His nephew, Geoff Worland, 64, of Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, said: "We didn't know anything about the memorial until we were finally put in touch with the historian.

A mushroom cloud over Nagasaki, Japan, after the US dropped an atomic bomb in 1945
Mr Shaw was being held as a prisoner of war in Nagasaki

"Though I only met my uncle when I was very young, his service and death were always talked about in the family.

"It is something that came up a lot and something we were all aware of.

"We know that he had served in Egypt and elsewhere, before he was captured as a prisoner of war.

"Though we don't yet have plans to travel to Nagasaki immediately, we will definitely go there in the future to see the memorial."

Ministry of Defence records show that Mr Shaw had been captured in Jakarta in 1942 and two years later was sent to Japan.

He was rescued from the sea in June 1944 following the sinking of a vessel by an Allied torpedo and taken to work in a Nagasaki shipyard.

Only Brit known by name

The August atomic bomb, dropped by an American B29, is thought to have exploded close to the site where Mr Shaw and several Dutch PoWs were being held.

Mr Shaw's ashes were later interred at Hodogaya cemetery alongside 1,800 Commonwealth servicemen.

Local Nagasaki government officials believe the serviceman is one of two Britons killed in the bombing, but he remains the only British victim known by name.

About 140,000 people died in Hiroshima and 70,000 in Nagasaki as a result of the bombings, although many thousands more suffered radiation-related deaths.


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