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VC741   William Henry Short

BORN   4 February 1885

DIED   7 August 1916   AGE   31

VC Won   6 August 1916   AGE   31

Place VC Won   Munster Alley, Somme, France

War/Campaign   First World War 1916

Name   William Henry Short   No.   12067   POSTHUMOUS

VC Issue No.   741   Awards   VC   

Regiment   Yorkshire (Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own) Regiment, 8th Battalion

Later   Green Howards

Now   2nd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment - Disbanded, July 2012

Rank VC Won   Private

Rank End Of Career   Private

Place Of Birth   11 William Street, Eston, Middlesbrough, Cleveland, England

Place Of Death   Munster Alley, Martinpuich, Somme, France

Buried/Location Ashes   Contalmaison Chateau Cemetery, 4 miles east of Albert, Somme, England


Date Buried/Cremated   

Headstone   Headstone (CWGC)   Plot/Grave no.   Plot 2, Row B, Grave 16

Gazetted   9 September 1916

VC Presented   29 November 1916 by King George V at Buckingham Palace, London, England to his father, James


P  Headstone, Contalmaison Chateau Cemetery, 4 miles east of Albert, Somme, England

P  Memorial Obelisk,  Eston Cemetery, Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire

P  Named On War Memorial, Grangetown, Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire

P  Named on Water Tower, Pozieres, Somme, France

By The Way…

He was born William Henry Sivil

VC Held By

Green Howards Regiment Museum, Trinity Church Square, The Market Place, Richmond, Yorkshire, England



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