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Alfred John SHOUT

Date of birth8 August 1882
Place of birthWellington, New Zealand
Age on arrival in Australia23
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationCarpenter and joiner
Address131 Darlington Road, Darlington, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation32
Next of kinWife, Mrs. R.A. Shout, 131 Darlington Road Darlington, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed as a Lieutenant for ten years in the Australian Rifle Regiment.
Enlistment date27 August 1914
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name1st Battalion, F Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/18/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A19 Afric on 18 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and gazetted, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 29251 (5 August 1915); 'Commonwealth Gazette', No. 133 (28 October 1915).

Other details from Roll of Honour CircularFought in the Boer War. Mentioned in Despatches, made Queen's Sergeant.
FateKilled in Action 11 August 1915
Place of death or woundingLone Pine, Gallipoli, Turkey
Date of death11 August 1915
Age at death33
Place of burialAt Sea
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 12), Gallipoli, Turkey

The Lone Pine Memorial, situated in the Lone Pine Cemetery at Anzac, is the main Australian Memorial on Gallipoli, and one of four memorials to men of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force. Designed by Sir John Burnet, the principal architect of the Gallipoli cemeteries, it is a thick tapering pylon 14.3 metres high on a square base 12.98 metres wide. It is constructed from limestone mined at Ilgardere in Turkey.

The Memorial commemorates the 3268 Australians and 456 New Zealanders who have no known grave and the 960 Australians and 252 New Zealanders who were buried at sea after evacuation through wounds or disease. The names of New Zealanders commemorated are inscribed on stone panels mounted on the south and north sides of the pylon, while those of the Australians are listed on a long wall of panels in front of the pylon and to either side. Names are arranged by unit and rank.

The Memorial stands over the centre of the Turkish trenches and tunnels which were the scene of heavy fighting during the August offensive. Most cemeteries on Gallipoli contain relatively few marked graves, and the majority of Australians killed on Gallipoli are commemorated here.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
30
Medals

Military Cross

'On 27th April 1915, during operations near Gaba Tepe, for showing conspicuous courage and ability in organising and leading his men in a thick bushy country, under very heavy fire. He frequently had to expose himself to locate the enemy, and led a bayonet charge at a critical moment.'
Source: 'London Gazette' No. 6539
Date: 3 July 1915

Victoria Cross

'For most conspicuous bavery at Lone Pine trenches, in the Gallipoli Peninsula. On the moning of the 9th August, 1915, with a very small party, Captain Shout charged down trenches strongly occupied by the enemy, and personally threw four bombs among them, killing eight and routing the remainder. In the afternolon of the same day, from the position gained in the morning he captured a further length of trench under similar conditions, and continued personally to bomb the enemy at close range under very heavy fire, until he was severely wounded, losing his right hand and left eye. This most gallant officer has since succumbed to his injuries.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 28
Date: 24 February 1916

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Appointed 2nd Lieutenant, 27 August 1914.

Medals: Victoria Cross, Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal