Edward Andrew SCOTT

SCOTT, Edward Andrew

Service Number: 2405
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 48th Infantry Battalion
Born: Meningie, South Australia , 25 July 1889
Home Town: Meningie, The Coorong, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Died of wounds, France, 30 March 1918, aged 28 years
Cemetery: Etaples Military Cemetery
Plot XXXIII, Row B, Grave No. 16,
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Meningie War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

27 Oct 1915: Involvement Private, 27th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '15' embarkation_place: Adelaide embarkation_ship: HMAT Benalla embarkation_ship_number: A24 public_note: ''
27 Oct 1915: Embarked Private, 27th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Benalla, Adelaide
9 Mar 1916: Embarked Private, 2405, 32nd Infantry Battalion, RMS Mongolia, Adelaide
9 Mar 1916: Involvement Private, 2405, 32nd Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '17' embarkation_place: Adelaide embarkation_ship: RMS Mongolia embarkation_ship_number: '' public_note: ''
19 Apr 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 48th Infantry Battalion
6 Aug 1916: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, 2405, 48th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières
30 Mar 1918: Involvement Private, 2405, 48th Infantry Battalion, --- :awm_ww1_roll_of_honour_import: awm_service_number: 2405 awm_unit: 48 Battalion awm_rank: Private awm_died_date: 1918-03-30
Date unknown: Wounded 2405, 48th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

Edward Andrew Scott was taken on strength by the 48th Battalion in Egypt on the 19 April 1916. He fought at Pozieres and was wounded in action with a gunshot wound to the neck on 6 August 1916. He was sent to England for treatment. He returned to France and rejoined the 48th Battalion on the 19 December 1916. He would have spent much of the winter of 1916 - 1917 in the trenches.

In April 1917, the 48th Battalion was involved in the First Battle of Bullecourt, which caused heavy casualties to the battalion. Edward also fought at Messines and in the Battle of Passchendaele during 1917, nad was given a couple of weeks leave to England during January 1918.

Late March of that year saw the German Army launch its last ditch bid for victory with a "Spring Offensive". Edward Andrew Scott received a gunshot wound to the head on the 28 March 1918 and died two days later in a General Hospital at Camiers.

His older brother, 2797 Pte. Archibald Allen Scott 60th Battalion AIF was killed in action at Fromelles on the 19 July 1916, age 29.

Another older brother, 798 Private James Richard Scott 43rd Battalion AIF, was shot in the chest and severely wounded at Messines on 7 June 1917. He was evacuated to England and returned to Australia 1 November 1917, with the gunshot wound, valvular disorder of the heart and debility. James Richard Scott died in a Soldiers home in Myrtle Bank, South Australia, 23 July 1923, at 39 years of age.