Short, William Ambrose


The son of the Reverend Ambrose Short (Coll. 1846-1852), Rector of Saham Tony, Norfolk and Rural Dean of Thetford, and Lucy, daughter of the Reverend H Douglas, Canon of Durham Cathedral. He came to Winchester from Mr Harrison’s school at Dunchurch Hall.

He passed into Woolwich and obtained a commission in the Royal Field Artillery in 1891, subsequently serving for many years in India, before being appointed in 1902 to the staff of the Bombay Command. When war broke out he had been back in England for six years. He left for France in August 1914 in command of 68 Battery RFA. He was invalided home in February 1915, again in September 1916 and returned to France for the third and last time in April 1917. He was killed near Armentieres on 21st June 1917 while accompanying his Divisional Commander on a tour of inspection round the battery positions. He was three times mentioned in Despatches, and was awarded the CMG in January 1916.

He married in 1901 Miss Ethel Lamb who died in 1905. He married secondly Miss Lucy Bromfield in 1907 and left one daughter. He possessed a wide knowledge of Oriental languages. He wrote a considerable amount of poetry, much of it to his wife, and a small volume of his verse was published after his death.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Short
  • Forenames or initials: William Ambrose
  • House: E
  • Years in School: 1884-1888
  • Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
  • Regiment: Royal Field Artillery
  • Date of Birth: 11th April 1871
  • Date of Death: 21st June 1917
  • How Died: Killed in Action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer H3
  • Decoration: CMG
  • Burial Site: CITE BONJEAN MILITARY CEMETERY, ARMENTIERES: Grave VII.B.20