Albert Frederick Short

Rifleman Albert Frederick Short

March 1894–26 October 1915

Father: Alexander Short. Mother: Emma A Jones

Born in Stepney in March 1894, the third son of the late Alexander Short, a lighterman from Stepney, and his wife Emma Amelia Short, the daughter of Alfred Seymour. By 1911 his widowed mother had remarried, and was living with her husband James Jones, stepdaughter and four of her eight children, including Albert, at 19 Flamborough Street, Stepney. Albert was educated at Cayley Street Council School and on leaving went to work as a confectioner’s packer. He enlisted in the Poplar & Stepney Rifles in late August 1914.

His last known address was Limehouse. Enlisted in Bow.

London Regiment 1/17 Bn/ No 2563.

Rifleman Short died at the Battle of Loos and was acting as a stretcher bearer at the time of his death. A contemporary report states that he was buried at Fort Tosh, a little north of Loos on the Loos-Hulloch Road and a comrade wrote ‘he was killed by a shell while endeavouring to succour some of his unfortunate comrades and he died like a hero. I mourn the loss of a true and brave comrade who never shirked his duty, and he was laid to rest alongside his fellow stretcher bearer, who was killed with him. I attended his funeral the following evening and a little wooden cross now denotes where [the] heroes fell.’ He left his mother £1.10.2d + £4 war gratuity

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