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Name Frederick Robert Short
Date/Place of Birth 24 Jan 1893 / 2 Burnthwaite Road, Fulham, Middx
Parents' Names Edward Charles Short; Elizabeth May
Father's Occupation/Location Builder/ Sign Writer; Walham Green
Father's Death/Incapacity Locomotor Ataxia
Admitted to AO 18 May 1900 (Aged 7)
Admission No 5414
Left OWS&AO 10 Dec 1907 (Aged 14)
Occupation/Residence Cashier's Clerk; 68 Radipole Rd, Fulham
Enlistment Location London
Service/Rank/Number Army; Private; 33549
Battalion/Regiment 8th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment
Killed/Death 19 Apr 1917 (Aged 24)
Country/Memorial/Cemetry France; Loos Memorial
Memorial Reference Panel 41
Campaign Medals Victory Medal; British War Medal
Frederick Robert was born to Edward and Elizabeth Short on 24 January 1893 at Fulham in Middlesex. Frederick’s father died in 1899 and a year later, on 18 May 1900, Frederick was admitted to the Alexandra Orphanage, at the age of seven. He left the Orphan Working School & Alexandra Orphanage in December 1907, aged 14. The 1911 Census shows him to be a Cashier’s Clerk with an Automobile Agent. At some point later, Frederick enlists with the 8th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment, which first arrived in France in 1915. In April 1917 the Battalion was engaged in a fierce, five day, battle south of Loos, during which more than three hundred soldiers of the Regiment were killed. From Private Short’s date of death it is likely that he was a casualty of this battle. His name is commemorated on the Loos Memorial, indicating that, as with many casualties, Private his body was not recovered from the battlefield, or that his remains could not be identified. The Loos Memorial is situated within the Dud Corner Cemetery, near Lens, in the Pas de Calais area of France. The memorial commemorates the names of 20,000 soldiers who perished in the surrounding area and for whom there is no known grave.
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