Remembered with honour St Sever Cemetery Extension: Plot Q.III, Row B, Grave 13.
He enlisted in Shaftesbury Street, and was posted to the 2nd/4th (City of London) Battalion London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers). He was entitled to the Victory and British War medals, and died at No. 1 Australian General Hospital of wounds received in action. Unfortunately, Arthur’s Service Record appears to be one that did not survive the World War Two bombing.
There is an article about and a Death announcement for Arthur in the West Herts and Watford Observer dated 7 September 1918.
Son of Julia (nee CHANDLER) and the late John SHORTLAND.
His parents married 24 August 1878 at St Lawrence’s, Abbot’s Langley, Herts. John died 1910 in the Watford district aged 60; Julia died 1922 in Watford aged 67, and was buried 19 June in Vicarage Road Cemetery, Watford.
Arthur was born 2 March 1899 in Abbot’s Langley, and baptised 21 May 1899 at St Lawrence’s, Abbot’s Langley. He attended Callowland Board School, Watford, from 13 November 1911 to 24 June 1913, and resided in Stoke Newington, London.
On the 1901 Census, aged 2 he lived in Abbot’s Langley, with his parents and seven siblings. On the 1911 Census, at school aged 12, he still lived in Abbot’s Langley, with his widowed mother and four siblings.
Unit1st (City of London) Battalion (Royal Fusiliers)
Date of death22*/08/1918
Age at death19
Place of death
- 1st S.W. Herts Scout Troop [in St Mary's Parish Church Watford] (4)
- Abbot's Langley Herts War Memorial (17)
- Aldbury Herts War Memorial (1)
- Aldenham Herts War Memorial (located in Letchmore Heath Herts) (8)
- All Saints Church Croxley Green Herts (12)
- All Saints Church Harrow Weald Middx (2)
- All Saints Church Hertford (1)
- All Saints Church King's Langley Herts (1)
- All Saints Church Leavesden Herts (31)
- All Saints Church Witham Essex (3)