Short family page
The Short family in 1918: Back row - Florence (1898- ), Harry (1892- ), Amelia (1881- ), Joseph (1891- ), Annie (1876- ), Ethel May (1888- ) and Amy (1894- ); Front row - Edwin (1900- ), Lucy (1872- ), George (1852- ), Eliza (1857- ), George (1878- ) and Christobel (1899- )
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Origins of surname
There are various possible derivations suggested for this name, but all indicate a man who was not tall.
The name first appeared in Jersey church records in 1733, then there was a gap of 50 years until the next baptism, and it was not until the early 19th century that a family became established.
Great War service
Father and sons
- George Ackland Short (1852- ) (Gr) son of Joseph and Ann Elizabeth, husband of Eliza Rachel, Mercantile Marine
- Edwin John Godfray Short (1900- ) (St Mt) son of above, Mercantile Marine
- Joseph Henry William Short (1890- ) son of above, Mercantile Marine
- Harold Henry Short (St H), Gunner RGA, no local records found
- Henry Samuel Short (1885- ) Mercantile Marine, no local records found
- William Arthur Short (1899- ) (St H) son of WIlliam and Theresa, Sapper RE
These wills created by members of the Short family are now held by Jersey Archive. By visiting the archive site and using the names, dates and reference numbers shown here, it is possible to view a copy of each will. You will have to subscribe to the Archive's online service to do this. To find out more about this collection, which covers the period from 1663 to 1980, and how to search for your family's wills there, visit our Jersey wills page
- Jane Short of 34 Aquila Road, widow of Stephen Anthoine 5 November 1867 - 5 November 1867, D/Y/A/33
- Mary Short of Exeter, Devon, now of Jersey, widow of William Preston - 21 July 1870, D/Y/A/35
- Mary Short, wife of Alfred Abram Downer, St Helier, bequeaths to Alfred Abram Downer 33 Queen Street and 2 New Bath Street, St Helier - 14 April 1936, D/Y/A/98
Joseph Henry William Short was a 16-year-old crewman on the ill-fated Fanny Breslauer a Jersey-registered barquentine which was dismasted off the coast of Halifax in 1907, and adrift for 105 days. He was one of only four survivors, and subsequently served in the Royal Navy in the Great War, on HMS Hurst, a minesweeper. He was at the battle of Jutland and in the Dardanelles. He served on the Mauretania after the war. He married Alice Ellen Noel (1893-1945) daughter of Philip Thomas and Alice, in Weymouth in 1915 and the family soon returned to Jersey, although both Joseph and Alice ultimately died in Weymouth.