Christopher Nathan Short was born in 1889, his birth registered in the June 1889 quarter at Thakeham, Sussex. He appears on the 1911 census living at Markstakes Farm, South Common, Chailey as a 22-year-old boarder. The farm was run by Ebenezer Plummer who lived there with his wife, three daughters, two sons and his mother-in-law (Mary Jenner). Christopher was working as a general labourer on the farm along with another boarder, William Ovenden, who was working as a carter.
Chailey Parish Magazine first notes Christopher Short in February 1916, recording simply, Short, CN, RN. The following month it adds a little further detail with, Short, Dvr C N, Div Train, RN and follows this up in April 1916 with the information that he has been invalided.
In November 1916 the magazine reports that he has been invalided and discharged and he appears for the last time in this publication in March 1917.