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Lionel Gordon SHORT

Date of birth3 June 1885
Place of birthLondon England
ReligionChurch of England
Address22 Chrystobel Crescent, Hawthorn, Melbourne, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29.10
Height5' 4.75"
Weight120 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Elizabeth Short, Outspan, Wearlingham, Surrey, England
Previous military serviceNil (previously rejected for AIF enlistment on account of chest)
Enlistment date30 April 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentLieutenant
Unit name23rd Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board RMS Malwa on 23 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll23rd Battalion


Unit: 23rd Battalion
Promotion date: 20 September 1916

FateReturned to Australia 2 December 1919

Military Cross

'During the attack on Mont St. Quentin, on 1st September 1918, he led his platoon forward, in the face of intense machine gun fire, with conspicuous gallantry and determination, capturing 50 prisoners. On the advance being held up, he made a most daring reconnaissance alone, and in daylight, and as a result was able to lead his men forward to an important position with a minimum of casualties.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 67
Date: 3 June 1919

Discharge date21 April 1920
Other details

War service: Western Front

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Shropshire', 2 December 1918; appointment terminated (discharged), Melbourne, 21 April 1920.

Medals: Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, SHORT Lionel Gordon

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