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Full Name
Alfred John Shout
Rank Last Held
  • Sergeant
  • Captain
Forename(s)
Alfred John
Surname
Shout
War
  • South African War, 1899-1902
  • World War I, 1914-1918
Gender
Male
Date of Birth
7 August 1881
Place of Birth
Trentham, Wellington, New Zealand
First Known Rank
Private
Occupation before Enlistment
Carpenter
Next of Kin
Mr John R. Shout (father)
Marital Status
Single
Enlistment Address
Trentham, Wellington, New Zealand
Enlistment Date
1914
Age on Enlistment
19
Body on Embarkation
Australian Imperial Force
Embarkation Unit
Border Horse
Military Awards
  • Victoria Cross (VC)
  • Military Cross (MC)
  • Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)
  • Queen's South Africa Medal
  • King's South Africa Medal (South Africa 1901 and South Africa 1902 Clasps)
  • Mentioned in Despatches (MiD)
  • 1914-1915 Star
  • British War Medal (1914-1920)
  • Victory Medal
  • Mentioned in Despatches (MiD)
Award Circumstances
Victoria Cross (VC). Captain Alfred John Shout. Australian Imperial Force (AIF). Victoria Cross Citation: " 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, Capt. 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." (The London Gazette, No. 29328, dated 15th October, 1915)
Last Unit Served
  • Cape Field Artillery
  • Australian Imperial Force, 1st Battalion
Place of Death
Hospital Ship Euralia, Gallipoli, Turkey
Date of Death
11 August 1915
Age at Death
33
Year of Death
1915
Cause of Death
Died of wounds
Memorial Name
Lone Pine Memorial, Lone Pine Cemetery, Anzac, Turkey
Memorial Reference
12.
Biographical Notes
  • Alfred J. Shout was the eldest of nine children and the only son of John Richard and Agnes Mary Shout (nee Kelly).
  • Shout went to South Africa with the New Zealand Contingent and was Mentioned in Despatches (Army Orders dated 23 February 1901 at Pretoria) and made Queen's sergeant.
  • He was made Sergeant in 1903 and served with the Cape Field Artillery. He married Rose Alice and they had one daughter, Florence Agnes Maud Shout, who was born in Cape Town on 11 June 1905.
  • Shout moved to Sydney, Australia, with his wife and daughter in 1905 and worked as a carpenter and joiner.
  • Shout joined the 29 Infantry Regiment of Australia in 1907 and was commissioned on 16 June 1914. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on 28 August 1914 and was appointed to that battalion as a second lieutenant.
  • Shout embarked with his unit on the 'S.S. Afric' for Egypt. He was promoted to lieutenant on February 1915.
  • Shout's battalion arrived in Gallipoli on 25 April 1915. He took part in the original landing in Gaba Tepe, and was wounded on the first day. Throughout his time in Gallipoli Shout exhibited outstanding bravery and leadership. He was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal, the Military Cross, Mentioned in Despatches, promoted to Captain and finally awarded the Victoria Cross for bravery in trench fighting at Lone Pine in August 1915.
  • He was buried at sea
Description of Image
Portrait of Captain A.J. Shout from The Auckland Weekly News, November 28, 1918.
Additional Information
Victoria Cross not publicly held
Further References
Sources Used
  • Harper, G. & Richardson, C. (2006). In the face of the enemy: The complete history of the Victoria Cross and New Zealand. Auckland, NZ: HarperCollins NZ.
  • The Auckland Weekly News 1918
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission. URL: http://www.cwgc.org
  • The Register of the Victoria Cross. (1997). (3rd ed.). Cheltenham, UK: This England.

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