James Shorter


Of the two James Shorters on the Wheatley list of those serving, this may have been a son, baptised on 7 July 1879 but listed in Censuses as born in Wheatley the following year, of James and Ellen/Eleanor Shorter. If so, a brother of Frank and Frederick. This James left Wheatley Elementary school in 1887 and went to London, only to be re-admitted in 1888; he attended Wheatley Evening Institute in 1896 and the Night School in 1910. A ‘J. Shorter' is listed as serving as a Sapper with the Royal Engineers in 1918, but whether it was this James Shorter or the other one is not clear.

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