Actions

Douglas Gordon Scott MC

From Our Contribution

Scott Dougls gordon.jpg
Personal Information
Date of Birth unknown
Place of Birth College Park, Adelaide, South Australia
Death 2 Apr 1919 - 14 May 1919, aged 45
Place of Death Kelmscott, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 35 years, 11 months
Description none provided
Occupation Soldier - Instructional staff
Religion Church of England
Address 'Quamby' Claremont avenue, Claremont, Western Australia
Next of Kin Wife Mrs Caroline Forster Scott
Military Information
Reg Number W16187
Date of Enlistment 1 Mar 1918
Rank Lieutenant
Unit/Formation 28th Battalion, 22nd reinforcement / 7th Brigade, 2nd Division
Date of Embarkation 13 Mar 1918 - 4 Apr 1918 to Port Suez
Ship Embarked On RMS Ormonde
Date of Embarkation 30 Apr 1918 - 15 May 1918 to Southampton
Ship Embarked On HMT Ellenga
Date of Return 2 Apr 1919 - 14 May 1919
Ship Returned On HMAT A24 Benalla
Fate Wounded in Action 3 Oct 1918 Beaurevoir Line
Returned to Australia
Medals Military Cross
British War Medal
Victory Medal


Pre War

Electoral Roll entries - 1915 - 1916 Symmonds street, Bunbury, military instructor

War Service

At enlistment with the 1st AIF, was made a 2nd Lieutenant. Previous long service (10 years plus) with the militia.

Formally taken on strength of the 1st AIF in England on 15 May 1918, and sent to 5th Training Battalion in Fovant.

Proceeded to France on 5 Sep 1918, and taken on strength of the 28th Battalion on 9 Sep 1918.

Wounded in Action on 3 Oct 1918 as the battalion carried out its last hostile act of the war, an attack on the German front lines known as the Beaurevoir Line.

Admitted to the 8th General Hospital in Rouen on 5 Oct 1918, and the next day he embarked for England where on 7 Oct 1918 he was admitted to the 3rd London General Hospital.

Appointment terminated 30 Jul 1919 at 5th Military District.


Award Comment

Military Cross "During the attack on the Beaurevoir line, east of Péronne on 3rd October 1918, after having had his hand shattered by shell fire, he continued to lead his men. After the objective was attained he consolidated the position, and it was not until the new line was secure that he consented to leave his post, and was immediately evacuated. He showed great pluck and devotion to duty."[1] [2]

The recommendation dated 16 Oct 1918 had contained further information, i.e. he had lost two fingers, and was in intense pain.

Post War

Electoral Roll entries - 1925 in River road, Kelmscott with Catherine Forster. Catherine remained in River road until sometime between 1943 and 1949 when she was living on Albany Highway, Kelmscott, and then in 1954 she had moved to live with daughter Kitty, c/- the National Bank, Williams. With her death occurring on 6 Nov 1955 in Geraldton, (the son in law had been transferred there?)

THE LATE LIEUT. D. G. SCOTT, M.C. The funeral of the late Lieut. Douglas Gordon Scott, M.C, of the Australian Instructional Corps, and late of Kelmscott, took place at the Church of England Cemetery, Karrakatta, on Thursday morning, the 4th inst. The remains of the deceased officer were accorded a military funeral, and the cortege moved from the private mortuary of Messrs. Donald J. Chipper and Son, 844 Hay-street, Perth, the casket being placed upon a military gun carriage, and draped with the Union Jack. The sword and accoutrements of the deceased were carried upon the casket. The remains were interred at Karrakatta Cemetery with full military honours.......At the conclusion of the service which was conducted by the Rev. H. H. Harper, assisted by the Rev. A. S Lindsay, a firing party, drawn from the Royal Australian Garrison Artillery and under the command of Lieut. Nurse, fired a volley over the grave, and the 'Last Post' was sounded by Trumpeter J. C. O'Brien.[3]


Notes

  1. London Gazette Second Supplement to No 31219, dated 8 March 1919
  2. "Government Gazette Proclamations and Legislation". Commonwealth Of Australia Gazette (75). Australia, Australia. 17 June 1919. p. 1012. Retrieved 31 August 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 
  3. "Family Notices". The Daily News. XLVI, (16,310). Western Australia. 8 August 1927. p. 7. Retrieved 31 August 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 

External Links