War hero seen in new light

Wellington City Council has honoured a local war hero in the latest set of pedestrian crossing light lanterns near the Pukeahu National war memorial park.

Alfred Shout lantern with Mayor Lester

Following the popular installations of Kate Sheppard and Carmen Rupe pedestrian crossing lanterns, World War One hero Captain Alfred Shout MC, VC joins these famous icons to highlight the ANZAC relationship.

History

Born 1881 in Wellington, Alfred Shout fought with the Australian army in Gallipoli after settling in Sydney with his family in 1905. While serving in Gallipoli he died from a severe wound at Lone Pine. He received a series of medals including the Military and Victoria Crosses, the latter of which is held in the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

The Captain Alfred Shout pedestrian lanterns are located near the Pukeahu National war memorial park, honouring his contribution and acting as a reminder of the Kiwi connection with our Australian brothers-in-arms.

Wellington Mayor Justin Lester, Australian Capital Territory Chief Minister Andrew Barr, and Australian High Commissioner Peter Woolcott attended a commemorative wreath-laying and launch of the lanterns in November 2016, to symbolise the sister city relationship between Canberra and Wellington.