Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Stephen Ernest Shortliffe

In memory of:

Lance Corporal Stephen Ernest Shortliffe

October 26, 1917

Military Service


Service Number:

860029

Age:

24

Force:

Army

Unit:

Canadian Infantry (Manitoba Regiment)

Division:

43rd Bn.

Additional Information


Born:

December 25, 1892

Son of the late Isaac L. and Sophia Shortliffe (nee Outhouse), of Freeport, Digby Co., Nova Scotia.

Commemorated on Page 325 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

Panel 24 - 26 - 28 - 30

Location:


The Menin Gate Memorial is situated at the eastern side of the town of Ypres (now Ieper) in the Province of West Flanders, on the road to Menin and Courtrai. It bears the names of 55,000 men who were lost without trace during the defence of the Ypres Salient in the First World War. Designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield and erected by the Imperial (now Commonwealth) War Graves Commission, it consists of a Hall of Memory", 36.6 metres long by 20.1 metres wide. In the centre are broad staircases leading to the ramparts which overlook the moat, and to pillared loggias which run the whole length of the structure. On the inner walls of the Hall, on the side of the staircases and on the walls of the loggias, panels of Portland stone bear the names of the dead, inscribed by regiment and corps. Carved in stone above the central arch are the words:


TO THE ARMIES OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE WHO STOOD HERE FROM 1914 TO 1918 AND TO THOSE OF THEIR DEAD WHO HAVE NO KNOWN GRAVE.

Over the two staircases leading from the main Hall is the inscription:

HERE ARE RECORDED NAMES OF OFFICERS AND MEN WHO FELL IN YPRES SALIENT BUT TO WHOM THE FORTUNE OF WAR DENIED THE KNOWN AND HONOURED BURIAL GIVEN TO THEIR COMRADES IN DEATH.

The dead are remembered to this day in a simple ceremony that takes place every evening at 8:00 p.m. All traffic through the gateway in either direction is halted, and two buglers (on special occasions four) move to the centre of the Hall and sound the Last Post. Two silver trumpets for use in the ceremony are a gift to the Ypres Last Post Committee by an officer of the Royal Canadian Artillery, who served with the 10th Battery, of St. Catharines, Ontario, in Ypres in April 1915."

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Photo of Stephen Ernest Shortliffe– 43rd Battalion (Cameron Highlanders of Canada) Killed at the Battle of Passchendaele, 26 October 1917.
  • Circumstances of death registers– Lance Corporal Stephen Ernest Shortliffe
  • Memorial Plaque– Bank of Hamilton War Memorial Plaque. The Bank of Hamilton (1872-1924) 
headquarters was located during the first World War at King and James 
Street, Hamilton, Ontario.  Many of the men listed on this memorial were 
employed at Bank of Hamilton branches located across Canada.  The Bank 
merged with the Canadian Bank of Commerce in 1924.
  • Inscription
  • Memorial– Inscription on the Menin Gate … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens

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