Kenneth Lancelot SCOTT

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SCOTT, Kenneth Lancelot

Service Number: 1980
Enlisted: 18 May 1915, Keswick South Australia Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 27th Infantry Battalion
Born: Adelaide, 24 August 1895
Home Town: Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia
Schooling: Flinders Street Model School, and Haywards Private Training College, South Australia
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Killed in Action, 9 October 1917, aged 22 years, place of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial (South Australia), Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient)*
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World War 1 Service

18 May 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Keswick South Australia Australia
23 Aug 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1980, 27th Infantry Battalion
23 Aug 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1980, 27th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
6 Apr 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1980, 27th Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres
23 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1980, 27th Infantry Battalion, Pozières
5 Nov 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1980, 27th Infantry Battalion, Flers/Gueudecourt
31 Jul 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Third Ypres
31 Jul 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Third Ypres
31 Jul 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Third Ypres
1 Sep 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1980, 27th Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres

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Biography

Data extracted from Lockwood family website  and NAA service records 

264. Kenneth Lancelot Scott (www.lockwoodons.webspace.virginmedia.com) was born on 23 Aug 1895 in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia and died on 9 Oct 1917 in France aged 22. 

General Notes: 1. From the "Australia Birth Index, 1788-1922" database at ancestry.com:-
Name: Kenneth Lancelot Scott
Birth Date: 23 Aug 1895
Father's name: Thomas Archibald Scott
Mother's name: Alice Eleanor Lockwood
Birth Place: Adelaide
Registration Place: Adelaide, South Australia
Page Number: 278
Volume Number: 570

Service Details :

Name: SCOTT , KENNETH LANCELOT

Prior service in the cadets and Militia - 78H Senior cadets and transferred to the 78th Militia in which he was serving at enlistment.

Assigned to the 3rd Reinforcements 27th Battalion

Ken Scott began a pattern of short periods of AWL before he embarked suggesting he was a 'bit of a lad'.  This behaviour was not uncommon among many soldiers, particularly once they reached the front lines and were confronted with what could prove to be very finite mortality and thus sought a bit of relief in local estaminets (bars) or other sources of distraction / entertainment.  In the case of repeat offences though it meant increasingly severe penalties.  At one point late in 1917 just prior to his being KIA, for a period of 24hrs AWL Kenneth Scott was awarded 23 days forfeiture of pay

On Arrival in Egypt it appears that like many of his colleagues he availed himself of the sights and sounds of Cairo.  However by the time he got to Lemnos Island in January 1916 (after the evacuation of Gallipoli had taken place) and shortly after being taken on strength by the 27th Battalion, he became a casualty of an STD, no doubt contracted in the 'Wazzir' in Cairo, again not unlike many of his colleagues.  This resulted in his evacuation back to Egypt to the 17th General Hospital at Alexandria.

He re-joined the Battalion in February just prior to embarkation for Europe via Marseilles and the extended train journey the AIF took though France to the Armentieres sector.

He wounded in action on the 6th April and was evacuated through the 6th Field Ambulance to the 6th Canadian General Hospital and then through a Convalescence Depot back to Etaples  - the major personnel depot.  He rejoined the 27th Battalion in June just in time for the move to the Somme.

He would have fought through the Pozieres / Mouquet Farm battle and absented himself from '2 pm place of parade' on the 14th August for which he was charged.  A little later his conduct sheet had another couple of entries with one day AWL (probably to do a bit of carousing), wearing 2 days Field Punishment for his trouble.

He then contracted measles which put him out of action until mid October.

Back in the line again he would have seen service in the trenches at Flers, where the 27th was involved in major fighting in early November. They then went into quarters near Guedecourt, during the worst winter in living memory.

In late December he was again hospitalised this time with an Iodine burn to his foot possibly as a result of a case of Trench Foot or tinea.  Iodine would have been used as means of preventing infection but in this case it had a second order effect.

His injury was subsequently specified as 'ICT' foot  - this required further investigation by someone with medical expertise.  It was clearly the cause of concern because he was moved through a succession of Casualty Clearing stations to hospitals in Bristol and then Dartford during January 1917.

He then spent several months in a succession training depots in the UK and then France before re-joining the Battalion in France in September.  By this stage the Battalion was engaged in fighting through Menin Road and Polygon Wood and the capture of Broodseinde Ridge 

Less than one month later he was killed in action on the 9th October 1917, in preliminary operations for the attack on Passchendaele in fighting as part of the Third Ypres Campaign.   

Although he has no known grave and is commemorate on the Menin Gate, there appears to be no Red Cross file raised on him so the circumstances of his death are unclear.

His personal effects appear not to have been recovered.

Medals 

1914/15 Star 22325

British War Medal 18648

Victory Medal  18479

Commemorative Plaque 335830

Brother Clement Archie SCOTT 50th Bn (warmemorial.erato.vm.e2.com.au), returned to Australia May 1919, second brother (returned to Australia) cannot be identified (Conduct search using NOK details of NAA files)

Cousins: 1761 Pte George Hislop LOCKWOOD, (warmemorial.erato.vm.e2.com.au) 16th Bn, killed in action, 11 April 1917 and 3204 Company Sergeant Major John LOCKWOOD MM, 27th Bn (warmemorial.erato.vm.e2.com.au), returned to Australia, 8 November 1918.

CWGC details 

Rank: Private

Sevice Numer: 1980
Date of Death: 09/10/1917
Regimant/service: 22 Australian Infantry, A.I.F.
Nationality: Australian
Grave/ memorial Ref: Panel 7 - 17 - 23 - 25 - 27 - 29 - 31.
Cemetery/ Memorial Name:YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL

Son of Thomas A. and Alice Scott, of 12, Tomsey St., Adelaide, South Australia

Later of 24 Eton Street Malvern before returning to the Tomsey Street address (service record).

2. From http://trove.nla.gov.au/, The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901-1929), published Friday 26 October 1917, page 4:-

SCOTT. On the 9th October, killed in action in France. Kenneih Lancelot, D Company, 27th Battalion. dearly loved youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. T. A. Scott. 12 Tomsey Street, aged 22 years
SCOTT.— Killed in action, in France, on the 9th October. 1917, Kenneth Lancelot Scott, 27th Battalion, dearly love youngest Brother of Mrs. A. G. Washington, late of Murray Bridge.
3. From http://www.cwgc.org/ the website for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission:-
Surname Rank Service Number Date Of Death Age Regiment/Service Nationality Grave/Memorial Ref. Cemetery/Memorial Name

Steve Larkins January 2013

 

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