Biography

Birth date: 07 August 1881
Birth place: New Zealand: North Island, Wellington
Death date: 11 August 1915
Death place: HS Neuralia
Final rank: Captain
Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
Unit: 1st Australian Infantry Battalion

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.

Rolls and Awards

Roll of Honour

  • Rank: Captain
  • Date of Death: 11 August 1915
  • Unit: 1st Australian Infantry Battalion

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
  • Date of embarkation: 18 October 1914
  • Place of embarkation: Sydney

Honours and Awards (Recommendation)

  • Unit: 1st Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation)

  • Unit: 1st Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation)

  • Unit: 1st Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation)

  • Unit: 1st Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation)

  • Unit: 1st Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation)

  • Unit: 1st Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation)

  • Unit: 1st Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation)

  • Unit: 1st Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Military Cross

  • Unit: 1st Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Victoria Cross

  • Unit: 1st Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: 1st Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Victoria Cross

  • Unit: 1st Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Military Cross

  • Unit: 1st Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Photograph

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Lieutenant (Lieut) Alfred J Shout hand feeding a pet rabbit at Mena camp near Cairo. Lieut Shout served in the Boer War with the New Zealand contingent and later served in the AIF with the 1st Battalion at Gallipoli. Later rising to the rank of Captain and winning the Military Cross, Shout died...

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Lieutenant Alfred John Shout sits outside his tent at Mena camp, ten miles from Cairo, playing with a rabbit. Later rising to the rank of Captain and winning the Military Cross, Shout died at sea on 11 August 1915 of wounds sustained at Lone Pine on 9 August; he was posthumously awarded the...

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G01028A

Gallipoli Peninsula, Turkey. June 1915. Portrait of Lieutenant A. J. Shout VC, 1st Battalion.

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P02058.001

Studio portrait of Captain Alfred J Shout. Shout served in the Boer War with the New Zealand contingent and later served in the AIF with the 1st Battalion at Gallipoli. He was awarded the Military Cross (MC) and Victoria Cross (VC) for actions at Gallipoli. Shout received the MC for gallantry in...

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P02939.003

Pre enlistment studio portrait of Captain (Capt) Alfred John Shout VC, 1st Battalion, in civilian clothes. Capt Shout was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for "most conspicuous bravery at Lone Pine Trenches, in the Gallipoli Peninsula" on the 9 August 1915. He captured enemy occupied...

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Informal portrait of 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...

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P11610.001

Informal outdoor portrait of Lieutenant (Lt) Alfred Shout (his wounded right arm in a sling) and an unidentified officer. Alfred John Shout was born in Wellington, New Zealand on 7 August 1881. As an eighteen year old during the Boer War, he enlisted in the Border Horse in Cape Colony on 17...

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P11610.002

Informal outdoor portrait of Lieutenant (Lt) Alfred Shout (his wounded right arm in a sling) and two unidentified officers. Alfred John Shout was born in Wellington, New Zealand on 7 August 1881. As an eighteen year old during the Boer War, he enlisted in the Border Horse in Cape Colony on 17...

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G01028

Gallipoli Peninsula, Turkey. c. 7 June 1915. Quinn's Post communicated with Courtney's trenches by a tunnel and in this was a hole through which the scouts went out by night. Lieutenant A. J. Shout VC, 1st Battalion, one of the Australian scouts, stands in the entrance.

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Film

The Last Post Ceremony commemorating the service of Captain Alfred John Shout VC MC, 1 Battalion (Infantry), First World War

The Last Post Ceremony is presented in the Commemorative area of the Australian War Memorial each day. The ceremony commemorates more than 102,000 Australians who have given their lives in war and other operations and whose names are recorded on the Roll of Honour. At each ceremony the story behind...

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The Last Post Ceremony commemorating the service of Captain Alfred John Shout VC MC 1 Battalion, AIF, First World War

The Last Post Ceremony is presented in the Commemorative area of the Australian War Memorial each day. The ceremony commemorates more than 102,000 Australians who have given their lives in war and other operations and whose names are recorded on the Roll of Honour. At each ceremony the story behind...

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Published Collection

Cigarette card of Capt. A J Shout VC MC

Cigarette card showing a portrait of Captain Alfred John Shout VC MC. Part of a series of cards depicting Australian VCs printed by Sniders and Abrahams.

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Heraldry

Victoria Cross : Captain A J Shout, 1 Battalion, AIF

Victoria Cross. Engraved reverse suspender with recipient's details; reverse cross with date of action.

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Military Cross : Lieutenant A J Shout, 1 Battalion, AIF

Military Cross (Geo V). Unnamed as awarded.

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Queen's South Africa Medal : Sergeant A J Shout, Border Horse

Queen's South Africa Medal with clasps 'WITTEBERGEN', 'TRANSVAAL' and 'CAPE COLONY'. Medal impressed around edge with recipient's details.

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King's South Africa Medal : Sergeant A J Shout

King's South Africa Medal with clasps 'SOUTH AFRICA 1901' and 'SOUTH AFRICA 1902'. Medal engraved around edge with recipient's details. Obverse: The bust of King Edward VII and the legend 'EDWARDVS VII REX IMPERATOR'. Reverse: Britannia with a flag in her left hand holding out a laurel wreath...

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1914-15 Star : 2nd Lieutenant A J Shout, 1 Battalion, AIF

1914-15 Star. Impressed on reverse with recipient's details.

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British War Medal 1914-20 : Captain A J Shout, 1 Battalion, AIF

British War Medal 1914-20. Impressed around edge with recipient's details.

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Victory Medal : Captain A J Shout, 1 Battalion, AIF

Victory Medal. Impressed around edge with recipient's details.

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Rising Sun brooch : Lieutenant A J Shout, 1 Battalion, AIF

Sand cast bronze AIF Rising Sun brooch with a horizontal pin clasp on the reverse. The brooch appears to have been cast from an original AIF badge, and was probably made in Egypt as a souvenir.

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Tivoli Theatre gold life pass : Captain A J Shout, 1 Battalion, AIF

Gold life pass to Tivoli Theatres, presented to the widow of Captain AJ Shout. The medallion is shaped like a Victoria Cross, but has a raised central shield shape engraved with the words 'LIFE PASS'. A banner underneath is engraved 'ALL TIVOLI THEATRES'. Hand engraved on the reverse are the words...

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Memorial pendant : Captain A J Shout

The pendant is circular, the front comprising a plastic coated disc which may originally have been a lapel badge. Printed in red and blue on this are the words 'CAPTAIN A.J.SHOUT V.C. D.C.M. MEMORIAL SOUVENIR' within a Laurel wreath. Around the edge is a gilded metal rope border. At the top is a...

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Officers' rank pip brooch : 2nd Lieutenant A J Shout, 1 Battalion, AIF

Officers' single rank 'pip' or star made into a brooch by the addition of a hinged horizontal pin clasp on the reverse. A fine security chain, which has been attached via a hole drilled in the top of the pip, ends is a safety pin.

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Timeline

Date of birth 1881-08-07 New Zealand
Date and unit at appointment (Officers) 1914-08-27 Appointed 2nd Lieutenant in 1 Battalion.
Date of embarkation 1914-10-18 Embarked aboard A19 (SS Afric).
Date promoted 1915-02-01 Appointed Lieutenant.
Date of honour or award 1915-04 Awarded Military Cross.
Date promoted 1915-07-29 Appointed Captain.
Date of honour or award 1915-08-05 Mention in Despatches.
Date of honour or award 1915-08-09 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 1915-08-11 Died of wounds recieved at Gallipoli in the action for which he received the Victoria Cross.
Date of recommendation honour or award 1915-09-01