Captain Alfred John Shout

Ranks Held Captain, Lieutenant, Second Lieutenant
Birth Date 07 August 1881
Birth Place New Zealand: North Island, Wellington, Wellington
Death Date 11 August 1915
Death Place At sea: Vessel, At sea (HS Neuralia)
Final Rank Captain
Service Australian Imperial Force
Units
Places
Conflict/Operation First World War, 1914-1918
Gazettes Biographical information They dared mightily. in 1963
Published in London Gazette in 1915-06-03
Published in London Gazette in 1915-07-03
Published in London Gazette in 1915-10-15
Published in London Gazette in 1915-08-05
Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1915-09-11
Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1915-09-11
Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1916-02-24
Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1915-10-28
Description

Alfred Shout epitomised the legend of Anzac. He was born in New Zealand in 1881. During the Boer War, Shout served with the Border Horse and Cape Field Artillery. In 1905 he settled in Australia with his wife and daughter. He was a carpenter and joiner in Sydney and served part-time as an officer in the local militia force. He joined the AIF as soon as war was declared and was a foundation officer of the 1st Battalion. He took part in the landing on Gallipoli on 25 April 1915, and was awarded the Military Cross and Mentioned in Despatches for his actions over the next few weeks.

On 6 August the AIF attacked at Lone Pine. During three days of bitter fighting Shout became one of seven Australians to be awarded the Victoria Cross there. He took part in the initial assault and over the next days was conspicuous in defending captured positions. On 9 August Shout charged down an enemy trench, killing eight Turks with bombs and wounding others. Later that day he simultaneously lit three bombs as a prelude to a final dash. The third exploded prematurely, causing horrendous injuries. Shout remained cheerful as he was evacuated to the rear, but died on a hospital ship two days later. He was buried at sea, and his Victoria Cross was gazetted two months later.

For years Shout s Victoria Cross was the only Gallipoli one not held by the Memorial. It was added to the collection in 2006 and displayed in the Hall of Valour with the other six Lone Pine Victoria Crosses.

Citation (abridged):

On the morning of 9th August, 1915, with a 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 he captured a further length of trench 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. He succumbed to his injuries.

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Timeline

Date of birth 07 August 1881 New Zealand
Date and unit at appointment (Officers) 27 August 1914 Appointed 2nd Lieutenant in 1 Battalion.
Date of embarkation 18 October 1914 Embarked aboard A19 (SS Afric).
Date promoted 01 February 1915 Appointed Lieutenant.
Date of honour or award 1915-04 Awarded Military Cross.
Date promoted 29 July 1915 Appointed Captain.
Date of honour or award 05 August 1915 Mention in Despatches.
Date of honour or award 09 August 1915 Awarded Victoria Cross for action at Lone Pine, Gallipoli, Turkey whilst serving with 1 Battalion, 1 Brigade, 1 Division as a Captain
Date of death 11 August 1915 Died of wounds recieved at Gallipoli in the action for which he received the Victoria Cross.
Date of recommendation honour or award 01 September 1915