Alfred John (Alf) SHOUT VC, MC, MID

SHOUT, Alfred John

Service Numbers: Officer, 9216
Enlisted: 27 August 1914, Sydney, New South Wales
Last Rank: Captain
Last Unit: 1st Infantry Battalion
Born: Wellington, New Zealand, 8 August 1881
Home Town: Sydney, City of Sydney, New South Wales
Schooling: Unknown
Occupation: Carpenter and Joiner
Died: Died of Wounds, Gallipoli - At Sea (HS Neuralia) , 11 August 1915, aged 34 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Buried at Sea Lone Pine Memorial-panel 12
Tree Plaque: Mandurah Memorial Pine Trees
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Keith Payne VC Memorial Park, Lone Pine Memorial to the Missing, North Bondi War Memorial, North Brother War Memorial, Paddington Captain Alfred Shout V.C. Memorial Tablet, Tuncurry Battle of Lone Pine Victoria Cross Recipients Memorial, Winchelsea WWI Memorial
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World War 1 Service

27 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, Sydney, New South Wales
18 Oct 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, Officer, 1st Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
18 Oct 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, Officer, 1st Infantry Battalion, HMAT Afric, Sydney
1 Feb 1915: Promoted AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 1st Infantry Battalion
27 Apr 1915: Wounded 1st Infantry Battalion, ANZAC / Gallipoli
11 May 1915: Wounded Lieutenant, 1st Infantry Battalion, ANZAC / Gallipoli, 2nd occasion - GSW (arm)
29 Jul 1915: Promoted AIF WW1, Captain, 1st Infantry Battalion
9 Aug 1915: Wounded Captain, 1st Infantry Battalion, The August Offensive - Lone Pine, Suvla Bay, Sari Bair, The Nek and Hill 60 - Gallipoli, 3rd occasion - Bomb wound (chest and hand)
11 Aug 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Captain, 1st Infantry Battalion, ANZAC / Gallipoli

Boer War Service

Date unknown: Involvement Australian and Colonial Military Forces - Boer War Contingents, Sergeant, 9216, Border Regiment

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Biography

"...Second Lieutenant (2nd Lt) Alfred John (Alf) Shout, probably in Egypt. On the back of the photograph is written the single word "Whisper", a reference to Shout's nickname. Shout served with a New Zealand unit in the Boer War before settling in Australia. He became a carpenter and joiner in Sydney and served as an officer in the local militia. Second Lieutenant Shout embarked with F Company, 1st Battalion from Sydney aboard HMAT Afric on 18 October 1914. He took part in the landing at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915 and was awarded the Military Cross and was Mentioned in Despatches for his actions during the next few weeks. Shout was promoted to captain in July 1915. During the attack on Lone Pine (6-9 August), Captain (Capt) Shout took part in the initial assault and defended captured positions. On 9 August he charged down an enemy trench killing eight Turks and wounding others. Later in the day a bomb he had lit exploded prematurely causing him massive injuries. Capt Shout died of his wounds on the hospital ship HS Neuralia on 11 August 1915 and was buried at sea. His Victoria Cross was gazetted two months later." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)

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