Frederick William Scott

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Frederick William Scott
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Personal Information
Date of Birth 19 Aug 1893
Place of Birth Jarrahdale, Western Australia
Death 15 Oct 1916
Place of Death Wytschaete, Belgium
Age at Enlistment 21 years old
Description 5'6¾" (1.m) tall ; 128 lbs
58.06 kg
; fair complexion ; blue eyes ; light brown hair
Occupation Labourer
Religion Church of England
Address NOK Whittaker's Mill, North Dandalup
Next of Kin Mother , Mrs Annie Scott
Military Information
Reg Number 121
Date of Enlistment 9 Sep 1914
Rank Lance Corporal
Unit/Formation 16th Battalion, B Company, transferred to 45th Battalion / 12th Brigade, 4th Division
Date of Embarkation 22 Dec 1914
Ship Embarked On HMAT A40 Ceramic
Fate Killed in Action 15 Oct 1916
Monument Jarrahdale Honour Roll
Australian War Memorial
Medals 1914-15 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal



War Service

Enlisted at the Perth Drill Hall on 9 Sep 1914. Soon after entering Blackboy Hill camp, Fred was allocated to B Company of the 16th Battalion. With the battalion, he was sent to Melbourne to undertake Brigade level training at Broadmeadows camp, and it was from Melbourne that they sailed to be part of the first convoy. The ships used between Fremantle and Melbourne were the SS Dimboola; SS Indarra; SS Ophir; and SS Katoomba, with B Company embarking on SS Indarra on 21 Nov arriving in Adelaide on 25 Nov and Melbourne on 28th Nov 1914 at 7:30am.

On 22 Dec 1914 the battalion began boarding HMAT A40 Ceramic at Port Melbourne, with the ship casting off at 2:30pm and sailing for Albany where it arrived on 27 Dec 1914. Arriving at Alexandria in Egypt on 1 Feb 1915, they were at their new base at Heliopolis near Cairo early on 4 Feb 1915.

Fred's records do not contain information to confirm that he was with the battalion when it landed at Gallipoli. If he did so, he was evacuated soon after as on 1 May 1915 he received an injury to his bladder, classed as severe, and he would have been evacuated to Alexandria as he was released to duty on 13 May 1915 at Mustapha Convalescent Camp in Alexandria. Two weeks later on 26 May 1915 he was admitted to the 2nd Australian General Hospitalin Cairo, suffering from concussion caused by a shell, before being released to Base Details in Zeitoun on 13 Jul 1915.

On 21 Jul 1915 Fred embarked on HMT Kingstonian for Gallipoli where he joined up with his unit on 28 Jul 1915. Soon after he again required medical attention for a stricture relating to his bladder. Evacuated from Gallipoli, he arrived in Alexandria on 13 Aug 1915, with Fred being admitted to the 1st Australian General Hospital in Cairo, before transferring to 2nd Australian Auxiliary Hospital on 14 Aug 1915. Healthy again, he was released to duty on 20 Aug 1915, and on 9 Sep 1915 he embarked on HMT Ionian to rejoin his unit on Gallipoli, where he was appointed Lance Corporal on 27 Nov 1915.

Fred was a member of the second of three groups from his battalion to evacuate Gallipoli, leaving at 5:20pm on 19 Dec 1915.[1]Transported by HMAT A11 Ascanius, they arrived in Alexandria on 30 Dec 1915.

Back in Egypt, Fred was AWOL from 9:00am 20 Jan 1916 to 5:00pm the next day. He was awarded 14 days field punishment No.2 and forfeited 4 day's pay. AWOL again from 9:30am on 23 Feb 1916 until 9:30 am on 29 Feb 1916 for which he was awarded a lighter sentence of 7 days Field Punishment No.2, and 7 days forfeiture of pay.

The result of these misdemeanors was that on 13 Mar 1916 Fred was transferred to the 48th Battalion, and on the next day transferred again, this time to the 12th Machine Gun Company. On 21 Mar 1916 Fred was seen by the 12th Australian Field Ambulance before being admitted next day to the 2nd Australian Stationary Hospital in Abbassia, suffering from VD. Released on 31 May 1916.

On discharge from hospital it would appear that he was transported to England as on 29 Jun 1916 Fred was taken on strength by the 12th Training Battalion at Rollestone. His arrival had been scheduled for 27 Jun 1916, so he wore another AWOL charge for the late arrival, and was awarded 10 days confined to camp. and the loss of 2 days pay. Absent without Leave again from 9:30pm until midnight on 5 Jul 1916 he was awarded another 7 days confined to camp. From 5 - 10 Aug 1916 he was in the care of the Fargo Military Hospital. Before he completed his training he was AWOL on two more occasions: from 2:00pm on 17 Aug to 10:00pm on 21 Aug 1916 earning 120 hours detention and 10 days loss of pay; and from 9:00am to 10:00am on 3 Sep 1916 for which he was penalised with 3 days in detention and 6 days loss of pay.

On 16 Sep 1916 he proceeded overseas to the 4th Division's Base Depot in Étaples, France. On 29 Sep 1916 he was taken on strength by the 45th Battalion who at that time were in the front line near Bois Carre Wood near Voormezeele in Belgium. At this time the enemy trenches were 80 - 200 yards (73 to 182 metres) from the Australian's. Barely two weeks later, on 15 Oct 1916 Fred was killed in action. The 45th Battalion's War Diary report for the day includes:

"Raid carried out on enemy's trenches. Raid very successfully carried out and enemy's trenches explored for a distance of 70 yards (64m), but no Germans were in the trench and identification unobtainable. Casualties to Raiding Party - 4 Other Ranks wounded. Artillery preparation was very good. Retaliation was not serious, a few shrapnel shells and Rum jars being sent over. Casualties - 2 Other Ranks Killed - 8 Other Ranks wounded.
Fred was one of the two ORs that were killed by the retaliatory shelling.
  • Ridge Wood Military Cemetery
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission


Notes

12th Brigade Machine Gun Company (later to be the 4th Machine Gun Battalion)

The story of the 45th Battalion is told in "Somme Mud - The War Experiences of an Australian Infantryman in France 1916-1919" By E.P.F. Lynch

  1. The Old Sixteenth by Captain C. Longmore page 96.

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