The following information is from “The Commonweath War Graves Commission” which includes details of his death and of the area in which he died.

Casualty Details
Initials:  J
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank:     Corporal
Regiment/Service: Dorsetshire Regiment
Unit Text: 6th Bn.
Age: 21
Date of Death: 29/05/1916
Service No: 13673
Additional information:     Son of Fred and Annie Shorthouse,
of 7, Pringle St., Trimdon  Colliery, Co. Durham.
Casualty Type:    Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: II. A. 1.


Avesnes-le-Comte is a large village in the Department of the Pas-de-Calais,  approximately 20 Kms west of Arras and 18 Kms south-east of St. Pol. The Communal  Cemetery lies on the CD8 between the road to Manin and a side road called "Petit  Chemin de Manin" on the north-west side of the village and the extension is on the  western side of it.

The village of Avesnes-le-Comte was for some time the VI Corps headquarters. The 37th  and 30th Casualty Clearing Stations were there from April 1916, the 42nd in June 1916,  and the 41st in January 1917. The communal cemetery contains 2 Commonwealth burials of the First World War, both made in April 1916. Thereafter, burials were made in the extension, which contains 333 graves, 4 of which are unidentified. Most of these were from the 37th CCS which stayed in the village until July 1917. The Extension also contains 4 Second World War burials. The Extension was designed by Charles Holden.




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