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Andrew Anderson SCOTT

Regimental number68
Place of birthTaroom, Queensland
SchoolPrivate Tuition and Gatton College, Queensland
AddressMount Dawson, Toowoomba, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinFather, Wallace Oakhampton Scott, Mt Dawson, Toowoomba, Queensland
Enlistment date21 September 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll13 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentLance Corporal
Unit name5th Light Horse Regiment, C Squadron
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/10/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A34 Persic on 21 December 1914
Regimental number from Nominal RollComissioned
Rank from Nominal Roll2nd Lieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll60th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 4 October 1917
Place of death or woundingZonnebeke, Belgium
Age at death from cemetery records27
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial Panel 23), Belgium

The Menin Gate Memorial (so named because the road led to the town of Menin) was constructed on the site of a gateway in the eastern walls of the old Flemish town of Ypres, Belgium, where hundreds of thousands of allied troops passed on their way to the front, the Ypres salient, the site from April 1915 to the end of the war of some of the fiercest fighting of the war.

The Memorial was conceived as a monument to the 350,000 men of the British Empire who fought in the campaign. Inside the arch, on tablets of Portland stone, are inscribed the names of 56,000 men, including 6,178 Australians, who served in the Ypres campaign and who have no known grave.

The opening of the Menin Gate Memorial on 24 July 1927 so moved the Australian artist Will Longstaff that he painted 'The Menin Gate at Midnight', which portrays a ghostly army of the dead marching past the Menin Gate. The painting now hangs in the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, at the entrance of which are two medieval stone lions presented to the Memorial by the City of Ypres in 1936.

Since the 1930s, with the brief interval of the German occupation in the Second World War, the City of Ypres has conducted a ceremony at the Memorial at dusk each evening to commemorate those who died in the Ypres campaign.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Wallace Oakhampton SCOTT and Annie SCOTT, Mount Dawson, Toowoomba, Queensland
Family/military connectionsBrother: 1439 Pte Wallace Oakhampton SCOTT, 5th Light Horse Regiment, returned to Australia, 17 July 1919; eleven cousins at the Front.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Contracted enteric fever at Gallipoli; invalided to Australia; commenced return from Suez obn board HT 'Karoola', 4 November 1915.

Re-embarked, 8 August 1916, from Brisbane on board HMAT A50 'Itonus' as No. 5415, Private, 25th Bn, 14th Reinforcement.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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