Drocourt Queant Line Casualty - Pte. Short
GV Memorial Cross (766489 Pte. F.C. SHORT). Naming is officially engraved. With patina, extremely fine. Accompanied by copies of his Attestation Paper, Service Records, Medical Records and Will. Footnote: Francis Charles Short was born in Bristol, England on October 4, 1894. He signed his Attestation Paper with the 123rd Infantry Battalion, Royal Grenadier Overseas Battalion 10th Regiment, on November 29, 1915. He stated that he was married to Annie Short of Reading, England, that he had had six months previous military experience in the 109th Regiment as a Private and that his trade was that of Labourer. Th Battalion was raised and mobilized in Toronto, Ontario and sailed August 9, 1916 under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel W.B. Kingsmill, with a strength of 12 officers and 369 other ranks. They arrived in England on August 18 and were redesignated as the 123rd Pioneer Battalion. He was transferred to the 3rd Battalion, Canadian Infantry on October 11 and entered the French theatre of operations in late 1916. He suffered battle wounds in December 1916 and August 1917 but recovered both times and continued fighting. In early September 1918, at the Second Battle of Arras, Drocourt Queant Line, he again suffered gunshot wounds, to his shoulder, plus a fractured spine, leaving him paralyzed, complicated by myelitis, leading to respiratory and cardiac failure. He was sent to London General Hospital for treatment but succumed to his wounds, September 7, 1918, at the age of 23. He is buried in the Twyford (St. Mary) Churchyard, Berkshire, United Kingdom.