Baptised at Wheatley Church on 3 September 1893, but listed in the 1911 Census as born the following year. Son of Wheatley-born James Shorter, cowman on farm in 1901 and general labourer in 1911, and Harriet Messenger born in Garsington but said to be of Littleworth. They lived at Rock Cottage, Wheatley. Brother of John and Frederick Shorter. A houseboy (domestic). The Silver War Badge Roll Transcription has him serving as a private in the Leicester Yeomanry from 27 October 1914 until 15 March 1918. His Regimental No. was 255412 and he served overseas. He may have married a Dorothy nee Shorter in 1920 and have died in Chatham, Kent in 1959.
He lived at 6 Westfield Road.