• Alfred John Shout

Army / Flying Corps
  • 1st Australian Infantry Battalion
    Unknown
  • Captain
  • 2nd Lieutenant
  • Lieutenant

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  • Mentioned in Despatches (MID)
  • 1914–1915 Star
  • Queen’s South Africa Medal
  • King’s South Africa Medal
  • British War Medal
  • Military Cross (MC)
  • Victory Medal
  • Victoria Cross (VC)
  • Married Rose Alice Howe

    Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

  • Address

    131 Darlington Road, The University of Sydney, Darlington NSW 2008, Australia

  • Birth

    Wellington, New Zealand
    Tuesday, 8 August 1882

  • Enlisted in the newly raised Border Horse

    Cape Colony, South Africa
    Saturday, 17 February 1900

  • Thabaksberg - 'Displayed great courage and assisted greatly in keeping men together. Under a heavy fire he brought out of the firing line a wounded man of the 17th Battery, RFA, and took him to a place of safety.'

    Thabaksberg South Africa
    Tuesday, 29 January 1901

  • Promoted to Sergeant

    Tuesday, 7 May 1901

  • Transferred to Australian Imperial Force

    Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
    Thursday, 27 August 1914

  • Enlistment - WW1

    Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
    Thursday, 27 August 1914

  • Ebarked for Egypt on HMAT Afric

    Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
    Sunday, 18 October 1914

  • Promoted to lieutenant

    Monday, 1 February 1915

  • Promoted to Captain

    Anzac Cove, Turkey
    Thursday, 29 July 1915

  • Death

    Lone Pine, Gallipoli, Turkey
    Wednesday, 11 August 1915

Stories and comments
    • Alfred John Shout Tribute
    • Posted by BubluDeen, Sunday, 16 November 2014

    Alfred John Shout was a lieutenant of the Australian New Zealand Army Corps at the Gallipoli Campaign in 1915. He was such a strong, brave and heroic figure. Shout was an amazing person that always looked out for his men and encouraged then in any ways you can think of. He helped them, guided them and led them; even at the time of his death. This was one of the many things Shout was famous for. Even when times were hard, Shout would always lift his comrade’s spirits and show them the way to victory. Even when he was injured, he didn’t let his team down and continued fighting. No bullet was enough to pierce his iron coated soul. His words of encouragement lead to countless victories against the Turks and his big heart touched every one of his men. In the night before the battle of Lone Pine, Shout tried to relive the anxiety of his men and gave them encouraging words. One quote he said was, “we will make a name for Australia and ourselves tomorrow”. Shout done so much for the country he loved most. He fought in many wars and was willing to give up his life for them. He was shot multiple times but he never gave up and still kept on fighting. This one of Shout’s most bizarre and heroic acts. Too many men, Shout was seen as a role model. He was a fighter and will always be a fighter. Shout was very fearsome to his enemies and was very loving to his comrades. He performed many breath-taking acts, risk his own life, and kept on encouraging his comrades with words that only he could make up. Whenever Shout found a chance to defeat the enemy, he would take it without thinking about it twice. There was a time when Shout and his team infiltrated the Turks’ trenches; forcing the enemy to retreat. But Shout did not let that chance go. He lit up three bombs and threw them at the enemy. Shout was one of the key figures in the war and his death was a huge loss to Australia. Shout will never be forgotten will always be remembered in our hearts. Rest in peace, Alfred John Shout.

    • SHOUT MC Recomm AWM and NAA records by Gary Parsons researcher 26th Bn.
    • Posted by blackboycreek, Saturday, 25 August 2018

    Honours and Awards Alfred John Shout Rank Lieutenant Unit 1st Australian Infantry Battalion Service Australian Imperial Force Conflict/Operation First World War, 1914-1918 Award Military Cross Commonwealth of Australia Gazette 11 September 1915 on page 1747 at position 17 London Gazette 3 June 1915 on page 5332 at position 5

    SHOUT M.C.Recomm
    • SHOUT VC AWM and NAA records by Gary Parsons researcher 26th Bn.
    • Posted by blackboycreek, Saturday, 25 August 2018

    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. 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.

    Accession Number P02058.001 SHOUT VC
    • SHOUT VC Recomm Lone Pipe AWM and NAA records by Gary Parsons researcher 26th Bn.
    • Posted by blackboycreek, Saturday, 25 August 2018

    SHOUT VC Recomm Lone Pipe

    SHOUT VC Recomm Lone Pipe
    • AWM and NAA records by Gary Parsons researcher 26th Bn.
    • Posted by blackboycreek, Saturday, 25 August 2018

    Rank Captain Unit 1st Australian Infantry Battalion Service Australian Imperial Force Conflict/Operation First World War, 1914-1918 Conflict Eligibility Date First World War, 1914-1921 Date of Death 11 August 1915 Place of Death At sea (HS Neuralia) Cause of Death Died of wounds Place of Association Darlington, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Cemetery or Memorial Details Lone Pine Memorial, Gallipoli Peninsula, Canakkale Province, Turkey Source AWM145 Roll of Honour cards, 1914-1918 War, Army

    • SHOUT VC AWM and NAA records by Gary Parsons researcher 26th Bn.
    • Posted by blackboycreek, Saturday, 25 August 2018

    Shout's VC was promulgated in the London Gazette on 15 October 1915, reading:[45] War Office, 15th October, 1915. His Majesty The KING has been pleased to award the Victoria Cross to the undermentioned Officers, Non-Commissioned Officers and Men: — Captain Alfred John Shout, 1st Battalion, Australian Imperial Force. 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 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 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.

    • SHOUT Recommendation 27 April 1915 AWM and NAA records by Gary Parsons researcher 26th Bn.
    • Posted by blackboycreek, Saturday, 25 August 2018

    SHOUT Recommendation 27 April 1915

    SHOUT Recommendation 27 April 1915
    • SHOUT VC Letter of Death AWM and NAA records by Gary Parsons researcher 26th Bn.
    • Posted by blackboycreek, Saturday, 25 August 2018

    SHOUT VC Letter of Death

    SHOUT VC Letter of Death
    • SHOUT MC AWARD Lone Pine AWM and NAA records by Gary Parsons researcher 26th Bn.
    • Posted by blackboycreek, Saturday, 25 August 2018

    SHOUT MC AWARD

    SHOUT MC  AWARD Lone Pine
    • Accession Number A04031 AWM and NAA records by Gary Parsons researcher 26th Bn.
    • Posted by blackboycreek, Saturday, 25 August 2018

    Accession Number A04031 Description Lieutenant (Lt) Alfred J Shout hand feeding a pet rabbit at Mena camp near Cairo. Lt 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 at sea on 11 August 1915 of wounds sustained at Lone Pine on 9 August; he was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross.

    SHOUT Accession Number A04031