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Regimental number5388
Place of birthYendon, Victoria
Other NamesSCOTT, John Alexander Percival
OccupationFarm labourer
Addressc/o Mr Eustace, Chiltern, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 7.25"
Weight139 lbs
Next of kinFriend, Mrs J Scott, Railway Station, Bright, Victoria
Enlistment date23 November 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Battalion, 17th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/19/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A4 Ceramic on 14 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll54th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 24 July 1918
Date of death24 July 1918
Age at death from cemetery records23
Place of burialFranvillers Communal Cemetery Extension (Plot II, Row A, Grave No. 15), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
See SCOTT J.A.P., the true family name. Parents: Alexander and Janet SCOTT; husband of Gwendoline SCOTT, Park View Road, Alphington, Victoria. Native of Yendon, Victoria
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War service: wrote to Commander, Royal Park Training Camp, Melbourne, 2 December 1915: 'I have been advised to write to you to let you know I am not a deserter. I was in another camp in a few hours after I left Royal Park and my reasons for leaving are private & I do not wish to divulge them, & will write you again from Egypt to convince you I am not a deserter or had any intention of deserting as I was very anxious to do my share, having tried four times before I was accepted. I have the honor still to be yours obediently, Pte J.A. Scott. I was attached to D Coy 24 Batt.' He wrote again, 15 August 1916: 'On the 2nd December 15 I wrote you to convince you I was not a deserter from the army. In that letter I said I would write again from Egypt to further convince you. This I neglected until arrival here in England. I may say I was in Egypt 3 months so Sir I hope this will clear me from that cowardly thing desertion. When this reaches you I will be doing my bit in France along with my fellow Australians of which you are all so proud. Trusting this reaches you safely, I have still the honor to be, Your obedient servant, Pte J.A. Scott. I stated in my previous letter my reasons for leaving personal, & Sir they are still so.'

Embarked from Sydney, 11 May 1916; disembarked Egypt (date not recorded); disembarked Plymouth, England, 18 August 1916. Transferred to 23rd Field Artillery Brigade, 10 September 1916. Proceeded overseas to France, 31 December 1916; transferred to 12th Field Artillery Brigade, 4 February 1917; to 10th Field Artillery Brigade, 9 March 1917.

Admitted to 11th Casualty Clearing Station, 29 June 1917 (strict urethra); transferred to 7th Convalescent Depot, Boulogne, 30 June 1917; to No. 3 Rest Camp, 8 August 1917. Found guilty, 10 August 1917, of being in a cafe during prohibited hours, 8 August 1917: reprimanded. Rejoined 10th Field Artillery Brigade, 28 August 1917.

Wounded in action, Belgium, 21 October 1917 (multiple shell wounds, chest and right shoulder); transferred to No. 2 Canadian Casualty Clearing Station; died of wounds, 22 October 1917.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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