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"Gallantry in the Face of the Enemy, William Henry Short VC"

William Henry Short

Introduction: Private William Henry Short, VC

   Local Hero Private William Henry Short of the 8th Battalion, Yorkshire Regiment (Green Howards) won his Victoria Cross for most conspicuous bravery during an attack at Munster Alley near Pozieres on the 6th August 1916.

   Although severely wounded he refused to go back and continued fighting.   He died of his wounds the next day before he could be carried out of the trench.

   His body was eventually buried in Contalmaison Chateaux Cemetery some four miles to the north east of Albert, France.

   William's name is recorded on the obelisk in our local Eston Cemetery and on the Grangetown War Memorial. William Henry Short: Obelisk in Eston Cemetery (© Francis Hannaway) William Henry Short: Obelisk in Eston Cemetery (© Francis Hannaway) William Henry Short: Grangetown War Memorial (© Stan Grosvenor)

   William Henry Short was born to James and Annie of 11 William Street, Eston on 4th February 1885.   There were five sons and four daughters.   The family moved to 35 Vaughan Street, Grangetown in 1901.

Centenary Commemoration

William Henry Short VC Commemorative Paving Stone    At 11 am on Saturday 6th August 2016 there was a moving ceremony to unveil a commemorative paving stone for local hero Private William Henry Short VC in our Eston Cemetery in front of the Memorial Cross by the West Lodge at the Normanby Road entrance.

   The ceremony was well attended with members of William's family and their friends, representatives of local associations and local dignitaries as well as many local people including members of our History Group.

Film Project Proposal

   In early August 2016 our group was approached by Lonely Tower Film & Media  (a County Durham based small production company specialising in documentary projects particularly WW1) to consider collaborating in a film documentary project about Private William Henry Short VC.
William Henry Short VC - Film Team Meeting    This was discusssed at our group's August meeting and it was agreed that a small team of members should explore this further.
   After further work with Lonely Tower the project team submitted an application to the Heritage Lottery Fund  for an award to support the proposal.
   We are very pleased that this award has now been agreed (see Press Release below).

   The project work will now begin and updates on progress reports will be appended to this article at intervals.

23rd April 2017 - Press Release Announcing Heritage Lottery Fund Award for Project

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15th July 2017 - Progress Report

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   Updates to this article will be added here as progress is made.

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