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George Norman SCOTT

Regimental number343
Place of birthKew, Victoria
SchoolBallarat Church of England Grammar School, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationClerk
Address36 Molesworth Street, Kew, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 10.5"
Weight164 lbs
Next of kinW Scott, 36 Molesworth Street, Kew, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed in the Yarra Borderers and 1st Infantry Bn, Citizen Military Forces, Richmond.
Enlistment date17 August 1914
Place of enlistmentRichmond, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name6th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/23/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A20 Hororata on 19 October 1914
Regimental number from Nominal RollComissioned
Rank from Nominal Roll2nd Lieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll58th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFleurbaix, France
Age at death21.8
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 13), Australian Cemetery, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
166
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Father: William SCOTT, 36 Molesworth Street, Kew, Victoria
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, 5 April 1915.

Wounded in action, Gallipoli, 25 April 1915; disembarked Malta, 4 May 1915; admitted to Tigne Hospital, Malta, 4 May 1915; rejoined 6th Bn, Gallipoli, 17 June 1915.

Promoted Corporal, Anzac, 28 July 1915.

Promoted Sergeant, 16 August 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria, ex-Lemnos, 7 January 1916.

Transferred to 58th Bn, 17 February 1916; taken on strength of 58th Bn, Serapeum, 17 February 1916.

Promoted 2nd Lieutenant, Tel el Kebir, 21 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 17 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 25 June 1916.

Wounded in action, 19 July 1916.

Now, 28 July 1916, reported as 'Wounded and Missing, 19 July 1916'.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 6 August 1916, pronounced 'that [Second Lieutenant Scott] was Killed in Action, unless during the ensuring six months his name should appear in any Hospital List or in Lists of Prisoners of War'.

Placed on the Seconded List, 9 August 1916.

Struck off strength of 58th Bn, 19 October 1916.

Note, Red Cross File No 2430703: 'No trace Germany. Cert. by Capt. Mills 10.10.19.'

Statement, 2750 Pte A.J.E. POWELL, C Company, 58th Bn, 17 August 1916: 'I was in the party led by Lieut. Scott in the attack at Fleurbaix on July 19th. We went through the long grass close up towards the German barbed wire. I was wounded slightly and got about 10 yards behind Mr. Scott just after I had delivered a message for him. He disappeared. I could noy (sic) see him but called out "Shall I come along, Sir." There was no reply. Sergt. Grayson C. Coy. was with him and got back alright. Grayson told me Mr. Scott was wounded at the spot I missed him and went off to the left, while he (sgt. Grayson) went to the right. M.G. Crossfire (sic) was playing nearly over the spot where he disappeared. I have little doubt he was killed. I was buried by a shell a few minutes later.'

Second statement, 1676 Pte B. DRISCOTT, 58th Bn (patient, Edmonton Hospital, London, England), 23 September 1916: 'Informant states that on or about August (sic) 16th, 1916 at Sailly, we were in the trenches, when one of our own shells prematurely burst and Lt. Scott was killed. I did not see him buried but have seen his grave. The 57th had left the trenches on a raid when the above happened. That is 58th were in the trenches, 57th raided.'

Third statement, 2nd Lt N.I. BURN, 58th Bn (patient, No 30 General Hospital, Calais), 2 October 1916: 'Lt. Barnfather fell shortly after we got over, and both his and Lt. Scott's bodies were seen but not recovered.'

Fourth statement, 3646 Lance corporal S.C. SHUTER, 58th Bn (patient, No 8 Stationary Hospital, Boulogne), 16 October 1916: 'On July 19th the 5th Div were making an attack at Fromelles on [the] left of Armentieres. Lt. Scott was in command of a party of about 21 of C. Coy. to bring in prisoners. About 7 p.m. he and sergt. (sic) Grayson were carrying a box of ammunition just in fornt of informant. Informant saw Lt. Scott receive a bullet in the right hip, he wouldn't give in, and would go on. Sergt. Grayson told informant that when they got right up by the enemy wire Lt Scott got another bullet in the left shoulder, he had to beleft where he was. Informant says that enemy were seen to come out of their trenches that evening and take in the wounded lying about.'

Fifth statement, 4450 Pte W.G. COLEMAN, 58th Bn (patient, 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, England), 15 December 1916: 'Witness says he saw him fall wounded twice (in hip and shoulder) at Fromelles, carrying 2 petrol tins of water at the time. It was early in the advance, in the evening. Sergt. askd him how he was, to which he replied "Alright" and they left him there.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, SCOTT George Norman
Red Cross file 2430703

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