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Walter Thomas SHORT

Walter Thomas SHORT

Male 1920 - 1943  (23 years)

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  • Name Walter Thomas SHORT 
    Born 23 Jun 1920  Fairfield, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Buried Oct 1943  Lae War Cemetery, Lae, Morobe, PAPUA NEW GUINEA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 12 Oct 1943  Lae, Morobe, PAPUA NEW GUINEA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Debt of Honour Register
      In Memory of

      WALTER THOMAS SHORT

      Private
      NX14908
      A.I.F. 2/27 Bn., Australian Infantry

      who died on: Tuesday 12 October 1943 . Age 23 .

      Additional Information: Son of David Spicer Short and Caroline Short; stepson of Ellen Short, of Davistown, New South Wales.

      Cemetery: LAE WAR CEMETERY, Papua New Guinea

      Grave or Reference Panel Number: F. D. 10.

      Location: Lae is a town and port at the mouth of the Markham River on the Huon Gulf. Lae War Cemetery is located adjacent to the Botanical Gardens in the centre of Lae. Within the cemetery will be found the Lae Memorial, commemorating officers and men of the Royal Australian Army, the Australian Merchant Navy and the Royal Australian Air Force who lost their lives in operations in the area and who have no known grave.

      Historical Information: In the air Japan enjoyed a crushing superiority in the early months of 1942, and it was Lae and its neighbouring airfields that were the objects of the first Japanese attack on New Guinea. Lae and Salamaua were bombed on 21st January, 1942, by 100 planes, but the land forces did not enter the territory until 7th March, when 3,000 Japanese landed at Lae. There were landings too, at Salamaua, followed on 21st July by further landings at Buna and Gona on the east coast in preparation for a drive through the Owen Stanley Mountains across the Papuan peninsula to Port Moresby. The vital stage of the New Guinea campaign dates from that time. Lae became one of the bases from which the southward drive was launched and maintained until it was stopped at Ioribaiwa Ridge, a point within 60 kilometres of Port Moresby. Lae War Cemetery was commenced in 1944 by the Australian Army Graves Service, from whom it was taken over by the Imperial War Graves Commission in September 1947. This 1939-1945 War Cemetery contains the graves of men who lost their lives during the New Guinea campaign. They were brought here from the temporary military cemeteries in areas where the fighting took place. The Indian casualties were soldiers of the army of undivided India who had been taken prisoner during the fighting in Malaya and Hong Kong. The great majority of the 420 who are unidentified were recovered between But airfield and Wewak, where they had died while employed in working parties. Of the two men belonging to the army of the United Kingdom, one was attached to 2/9th Australian Infantry Battalion and the other was a member of the Hong Kong-Singapore Royal Artillery. The naval casualties were killed, or died of injuries received, on H.M. Ships King George V, Glenearn and Empire Arquebus, and the four men of the Merchant Navy were killed when the S.S. Gorgon was bombed and damaged in Milne Bay in April 1943. In this cemetery is the Lae Memorial, which commemorates officers and men of the Australian Army, the Australian Merchant Navy and the Royal Australian Air Force who lost their lives in these operations and have no known grave. It takes the form of bronze tablets fixed to walls linking the end columns of the colonnade, upon which are engraved the names. Casualties of the Royal Australian Navy who lost their lives in the south-western Pacific region, and have no known grave but the sea, are commemorated on Plymouth Naval Memorial in ENGLAND along with many of their comrades of the Royal Navy and of other Commonwealth Naval Forces. Prior to the 1914-1918 War north-eastern New Guinea and certain adjacent islands were German possessions, and were occupied by Australian Forces on 12th September 1914. Several cemeteries in New Guinea contain the graves of men who died during that war. There is one such grave in Lae War Cemetery, brought in from a burial ground where permanent maintenance could not be assured.

      http://www.cwgc.org.uk/detailed.asp?casualty=2156725
    Person ID I00081  Short Family Tree | John Richard SHORT & Descendants, John SHORT & Mary SEAWARD decendants
    Last Modified 14 Nov 2011 

    Father David Spicer SHORT,   b. 12 Oct 1887, Newtown, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Nov 1971, Wingelo Nursing Home, Wyoming, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Mother Caroline May ANDREWS,   b. 20 Mar 1886, Burwood, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Apr 1927, Auburn, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 41 years) 
    Married 27 May 1908  Ashfield, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Photos
    SHORT - ANDREWS Wedding 1908
    SHORT - ANDREWS Wedding 1908
    L-R: SHORT, Alice Marion; SHORT, Rachel Elizabeth Greenfield; SHORT, David Spicer; ANDREWS, Caroline May; ANDREWS, Charlotte Florence; ANDREWS, Ellen
    Family ID F0003  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 23 Jun 1920 - Fairfield, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - Oct 1943 - Lae War Cemetery, Lae, Morobe, PAPUA NEW GUINEA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 12 Oct 1943 - Lae, Morobe, PAPUA NEW GUINEA Link to Google Earth
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    Pin Legend  : Address       : Location       : City/Town       : County/Shire       : State/Province       : Country       : Not Set

  • Headstones
    SHORT, Walter Thomas
    SHORT, Walter Thomas
    Plot: F.D.10.

    Photos
    Walter Thomas SHORT
    Walter Thomas SHORT
    SHORT, Richard Edward & SHORT, Walter Thomas
    SHORT, Richard Edward & SHORT, Walter Thomas
    SHORT, Walter Thomas
    SHORT, Walter Thomas
    SHORT, Walter Thomas
    SHORT, Walter Thomas
    Wall of remembrance, Wall Memorial Canberra

    News
    LEGAL NOTICE
    LEGAL NOTICE
    Notification that the will of Walter Thomas SHORT listed David Spicer SHORT as sole executor.

  • Sources 
    1. [S2] New South Wales Births, Deaths and Marriages, 1908.
      4043/1908