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Alfred John Shout

  • Birth 8 Aug 1882 Wellington, New Zealand
  • Death 11 Aug 1915 At Sea
  • Burial Gallipoli, Canakkale, Turkey
  • Memorial ID 8553506

World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. A native of New Zealand, he received the award posthumously on October 15, 1915 for his actions as a captain in D Company, 1st Battalion of the Australian Imperial Force on August 9, 1915 at the Battle of Lone Pine in Turkey during the Gallipoli Campaign of World War I. The oldest of nine children, he received a private education and in 1900 he joined a New Zealand Army contingent as a private for service in the Second Boer War in South Africa, transferring later to the Border Horse. He participated in three separate campaigns during the war and was promoted to the rank of sergeant. He was discharged in 1902 and decided to remain in South Africa, enlisting in the South African Army in 1903 and served until 1907, when he emigrated to Darlington in New South Wales, Australia where he worked as a carpenter at a brewery. He soon joined the 29th Infantry Regiment of the Citizens Military Force and in June 1914 he received a commission as a 2nd lieutenant. A month after the outbreak of World War I in July 1914, he joined the Australian Imperial Force and was sent to the Middle East, landing at Egypt in December 1914. In April 1915 his unit participated in the Allied invasion of Turkey at Anzac Cove on the Gallipoli Peninsula where he was wounded on three separate occasions. In July 1915 he was promoted to the rank of captain and the following month he participated in the Battle of Sari Bair, followed by the Battle of Lone Pine, where he was mortally wounded. He was evacuated to a hospital ship and died shortly afterward at the age of 33. His Victoria Cross citation reads: "War Office, 15th October, 1915. His Majesty The KING has been pleased to award the Victoria Cross to the undermentioned Officers, Non-Commissioned Officers and Men: -Captain Alfred John Shout, 1st Battalion, Australian Imperial Force. For most conspicuous bravery at Lone Pine trenches, in the Gallipoli Peninsula. On the morning 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 afternoon 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." His Victoria Cross and other Medals (Military Cross, Queen's South Africa Medal (with Wittenbergen, Transvaal, and Cape Colony clasps), Kings South Africa Medal (with 1091 and 1092 clasps), 1919-15 Star, British War Medal, and Victory Medal 1914-19 with mentioned in despatches emblem) were donated to the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia.

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  • Added: 24 Mar 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8553506
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Alfred John Shout (8 Aug 1882–11 Aug 1915), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8553506, citing Lone Pine Cemetery and Memorial, Gallipoli, Canakkale, Turkey ; Maintained by Find A Grave .