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Ernest Albert Short (1897-1917)

From Devon, served in 18th Battalion DLI (Durham Pals), killed in action at Arras

Ernest Albert Short, the son of Charles and Bessie Alma Short, was born in Frithelstock, Torrington, Devon in the summer of 1897. He had seven brothers and lived near Torrington all his life. He initially joined the 1st/6th Battalion Durham Light Infantry at Torrington and was later transferred to the 18th Battalion DLI. He was killed in action at the Battle of Arras on 18 May 1917.

Birth date: 1897

Death date: 18-May-1917

Armed force/civilian: Army

Residence: Frizenham Cottage, Little Torrington, Devon (1901 census)
Culleighford Cottage, Frithelstock, Great Torrington, Devon (1911 census)

Employment: Farm Servant (Cow Boy) (1911 census)

Family: Father: Charles Short
Mother: Bessie Alma Short (nee Belt)
Brothers: John, Charles, Sidney, Willie, Thomas, Fred & Percy Short

Military service:

Enlisted in 1st/6th Battalion Durham Light Infantry at Torrington, later transferred to 18th Battalion DLI
Regimental numbers 7241 & 270119

Medal(s): British War Medal, Victory Medal

Memorial(s): Arras Memorial, Bay 8
Durham Cathedral Book of Remembrance
Frithelstock, Devon War Memorial

Gender: Male

Contributed by John Edwards