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Regimental number2726
Place of birthHuonville, Tasmania
SchoolRanelagh and Southbridge State Schools, Tasmania
Other trainingVocalist
AddressHuonville, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, W F Short, Huonville, Tasmania
Previous military serviceMember of the Huonville Rifle Club.
Enlistment date13 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name12th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/29/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT Makarini on 10 September 1915
Regimental number from Nominal Roll2767
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll52nd Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularOften sang at concerts for his comrades' amusement whilst at Egypt, Lemnos and France. Had a fine bass voice.
FateDied of wounds 24 October 1916
Place of death or woundingMouquet Farm, Pozieres, France
Date of death18 October 1916
Age at death23
Place of burialWandsworth Cemetery (Australian Section, Grave No. 13), London
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Family/military connectionsCousin: 3255 Pte Ellis Wordsworth ASHTON, killed in action, 23 July 1916, at Pozieres, France.

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