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Alfred John Shout

Portrait of Captain A.J. Shout from The Auckland Weekly News, November 28, 1918. - No known copyright restrictions

Portrait of Captain A.J. Shout from The Auckland Weekly News, November 28, 1918. - No known copyrigh …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Alfred John AWMM
  • Surname
    Shout AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
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  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    8 August 1882 Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra WellingtonNew Zealand Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW1 Pre 27 August 1914 AWMM 131 Darlington Road, Darlington, New South Wales AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW1 Mrs. R.A. Shout, 131 Darlington Road Darlington, New South Wales AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 27 August 1914 AWMM Married AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • 1914-1916 Egypt AWMM
    • 1915-1916 Gallipoli AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
  • Military service
    Served as a Lieutenant for ten years in the Australian Rifle Regiment. AWMM
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Victoria Cross (VC) AWMM
      Victoria Cross - 'For most conspicuous bavery at Lone Pine trenches, in the Gallipoli Peninsula. On the moning 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 afternolon 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.' - 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 28- 24/02/1916 AWMM
    • Military Cross (MC) AWMM
      Military Cross - 'On 27th April 1915, during operations near Gaba Tepe, for showing conspicuous courage and ability in organising and leading his men in a thick bushy country, under very heavy fire. He frequently had to expose himself to locate the enemy, and led a bayonet charge at a critical moment.' - 'London Gazette' No. 6539- 03/07/1915 AWMM
    • Queen's South Africa Medal AWMM
    • King's South Africa Medal (South Africa 1901, South Africa 1902 clasps) AWMM
    • 1914-1915 Star AWMM
    • British War Medal (1914-1920) AWMM
    • Victory Medal AWMM
    • Mentioned in Despatches (MiD) AWMM
      Awarded, and gazetted, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 29251 (5 August 1915); 'Commonwealth Gazette', No. 133 (28 October 1915). AWMM
    • Mentioned in Despatches (MiD) AWMM
      8 March 1901 AWMM
      Lord Kitchener's despatches AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 27 August 1914 Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra
    Age 32 AWMM
    Carpenter and joiner/Civilian Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra
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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
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  • Liberation Repatriation
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Medical history

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    11 Aug 1915 {Age 33} AWMMKilled in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Appointed 2nd Lieutenant, 27 August 1914.
    Medals: Victoria Cross, Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

    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 where he sereved with Captain MacDonald's Squadron Cape Colonial Forces and the Border Horse. He 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 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

    Victoria Cross not publicly held AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    11 August 1915 Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra
    Age 33 AWMM
    Lone PineGallipoli Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra
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  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    At Sea AWMM
  • Cemetery name
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  • Memorial name
    Lone Pine Memorial, Lone Pine Cemetery, Anzac, Turkey (Panel 12) AWMM

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  • External links
  • References
    • AIF Peter Dennis, UNSW Canberra AWMM
    • Harper, G., & Richardson, C. (2006). In the face of the enemy: The complete history of the Victoria Cross and New Zealand. Auckland, N.Z.: HarperCollins NZ. AWMM
    • Auckland Weekly News AWMM
      The Auckland Weekly News 1918 AWMM
    • The Register of the Victoria Cross. (1997). (3rd ed.). Cheltenham, England: This England. AWMM
      (1997). (3rd ed.). p. 293 AWMM
    • Marlborough Express AWMM
      Volume XLIX, Issue 260, 3 November 1915, Page 2 AWMM
    • Stowers, R. (2009). Rough riders at war : history of New Zealand's involvement in the Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902 and information on all members of the 10 New Zealand contingents. Hamilton, N.Z.: R. Stowers. AWMM
    • Harper, G., Clements, C., & Johns., R. (2019). For King and Other Countries: The New Zealanders Who Fought in Other Services in the First World War. Auckland, New Zealand: Massey University Press. AWMM
      p.138-9 AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM


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