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  • Name: Alfred John SHOUT
  • D.O.B: 7th August, 1881
  • D.O.A: 9th August, 1915
  • D.O.D: 11th August, 1915
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Captain, 1st Battalion (NSW), 1st Brigade, 1st Division, Australian Imperial Force

Lone Pine, Gallipoli, Turkey 7-9 August 1915

7-9 August 1915

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The Gallipoli Campaign 25 April 1915–9 January 1916 

After the landing of Australian and New Zealand troops at Anzac Cove on 25 April 1915 a front line had been established running roughly north to south across the 400 Plateau, south-east of the Cove. The Turkish defences in the south-eastern section of the Plateau had been named Lone Pine by the Australians. On the night of 6-7 August, as part of the diversionary attacks accompanying the landing at Suvla Bay to the north, the Australians attacked the Turkish positions at Lone Pine and, despite heavy casualties, broke through the enemy’s line. The Turks mounted counter-attacks over the succeeding days but the Australians held on and consolidated their gains. The action was a triumph and seven of the Australians were awarded VCs for their gallantry in the fighting: Captains A J Shout and F H Tubb, Lieutenant W J Symons, Lance Corporal L M Keysor, Corporals A S Burton and W Dunstan and Private J P Hamilton.

Citation

 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. 

The London Gazette of 15 October 1915, Numb. 29328, p. 10153

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