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Joseph SCOTT

Regimental number4873
Date of birth20 August 1881
Place of birthSouth Shields, Durham Co, England
SchoolBaring Street Board School, South Shields, England
Age on arrival in Australia30
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationCoal lumper
Address188 York Street, North Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation33
Height5' 7"
Weight134 lbs
Next of kinSister, Mrs. M. Mordue, 5 Cornwallis Square, South Shields, England
Previous military serviceEnlistee answered 'No'; Sister wrote: 'Served in the R.N.R. for close on fifteen years.'
Enlistment date14 September 1915
Place of enlistmentWarwick Farm, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Battalion, 15th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/19/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A15 Star of England on 8 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll54th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19-20 July 1916
Place of death or woundingArmentieres, France
Age at death from cemetery records35
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 11), Australian Cemetery, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
159
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Joined 54th Bn, Ferry Post, 20 April 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Reported missing, 20 July 1916.

Note on Form B103: 'Identification Disc received from Germany. No particulars were afforded except that the soldier is dead. to be reported KILLED IN ACTION FRANCE 19/20 July 16.'

Note on file: 'austr. Sold. Scott, J. Nr. 4873. 54. Batt. A.I.F. am 19.7.16. in Gegend Fromelles gefallen.'

Red Cross File No 2430807 has statement from 4546 Pte J.P. MITCHELL, A Company, 54th Bn (patient, 3rd Southern General Hospital, Oxford, England), 9 November 1916: 'I saw Scott killed by shrapnel on July 19th just before the charge at Fleurbaix, Armentieres district. I was next to him at the time; he was in my company and platoon. It was in the afternoon, we had to retire later.'

'The above name appeared on German death list dated 4-11-16.'

Second statement, Captain HOLLIDAY, Chaplain, Church of England, 5th Division, undated: 'On 22nd July 1916 I was present and officiated at the burial of this man [incorrectly identified as No 4872 J SCOTT], who was killed on July 19th in the big attack at Fromelles, in which ground was not held. He was buried in [the] Military Cemetery at Sailly Sur-La-Lye. A cross with his name and number was placed at the head of his grave. Many of his comrades attended his funeral. This information is obtained from my Book of Burials ('produced', wrote interviewer).'

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, SCOTT Joseph
Red Cross file 2430807

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