- The Yorkshire Regiment, First World War
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|| For most conspicuous bravery
at Munster Alley on the 6th August 1916. He was foremost in the
attack, bombing the enemy with great gallantry, when he was severely wounded
in the foot. He was urged to go back, but refused and continued
to throw bombs. Later his leg was shattered by a shell and he was
unable to stand, so that he lay in the trench adjusting detonators and
straightening the pins of bombs for his comrades.
He died before he could be carried out of the trench. For the last eleven months he had always volunteered for dangerous enterprises, and had always set a magnificent example of bravery and devotion to duty.
(Right) With his leg shattered from shrapnel, Private William Short continues to prime the Mills bombs and straighten the pins for the soldiers in 'B' Company, who had just captured Munster Alley near Pozieres on the Somme, - 6th August 1916.
William Henry Short was born to James Short and Annie Stephenson - they
did not marry until 1888 - of 11, William Street, Eston, Middlesbrough,
Yorkshire on 4th February 1885. There were five sons and four daughters.
The family moved to 35 Vaughan Street Grangetown near Middlesbrough
in 1900. Known by his family as Will, he was a popular local footballer
playing for Grangetown Albion and Saltburn and Lazenby United Football
Clubs. He was sometimes called 'Twig' or 'Twiggie' by his friends,
since he always seen walking around with a twig in his mouth.