Clement Archie SCOTT

Badge Number: 32177

SCOTT, Clement Archie

Service Number: 3476
Enlisted: 19 July 1915, Keswick South Australia Australia
Last Rank: Driver
Last Unit: 50th Infantry Battalion
Born: Semaphore, South Australia Australia, 27 September 1893
Home Town: Adelaide, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Chainman
Died: Natural Causes, 20 April 1977, aged 83 years, place of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Adelaide Gilles Street Primary School WW1 Honour Board (Original)
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World War 1 Service

19 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Keswick South Australia Australia
27 Oct 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3476, 10th Infantry Battalion
27 Oct 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 3476, 10th Infantry Battalion
29 Feb 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, SN 3476, 50th Infantry Battalion
11 Nov 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Driver, SN 3476, 50th Infantry Battalion
8 Jul 1919: Discharged AIF WW1
Date unknown: Involvement 10th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières

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Data extract from ( AWM and NAA records

263. Clement Archibald Scott ( was born on 27 Sep 1893 in Kew, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia and died on 20 Apr 1977 aged 83. (NB he cites his birthplace as Semaphore in his enlistment documents and that is reflected in his RSLVWM data panel)

General Notes: 1. From the "Australia Birth Index, 1788-1922" database at
Name: Clement Archibald Scott
Birth Date: 27 Sep 1893
Father's name: Thomas Archibald Scott
Mother's name: Alice Lockwood
Birth Place: Kew
Registration Place: Port Adelaide, South Australia
Page Number: 165
Volume Number: 530

Service particulars  extracted from NAA Service Record

Clemenet Srchie Scott's details are listed as follows:

Regimental number 3476
Religion Methodist
Occupation Chainman
Address 12 Tomsey Street, Adelaide, South Australia
Marital status Single
Age at embarkation 22
Next of kin Mother, Mrs A Scott, 12 Tomsey Street, Adelaide, South Australia
Enlistment date 26 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll 19 July 1915
Rank on enlistment Private
Unit name 10th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number 23/27/3
Embarkation details Unit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A24 Benalla on 27 October 1915

Clement's records show him to be a big strapping lad compared to his colleagues' of the time.  At 5' 10 1/2" (179 cm) tall and 196lb (89kg) he was a bigger than average man by the standard of the time.

His draft of reinforcements arrived in the Middle East as the decision to evacuate Gallipoli had been taken.  The 10th Battalion had been in the first wave ashore at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915 and had suffered severe casulaties both through enemy action and from late summer, due to the onset of disease parrticularly enteric fever.

The 10th Battalion history ("The Fighting Tenth" by Cecil Locke, indicates on p 110 that the majoruity of the 11th Reinforcements were transferred to the 50th Battalion at Gebel Habieta in Egypt on February 26th 1916. 

This process took place after the return of the ANZAC Corps to Egypt, as part of the so-called "doubling of thte AIF" - the 10th Battlaion was split to form the 50th in the 4th Division.  Clement was thus  one of those so posted, being taken on strength with the 50th Battalion on the 29th February 1916 before Embarkation for Marseilles and the subsequent rail move to northern France and the Armentieres sector.

There is no explicit mention of his involvment in the fighting on the Somme where the 4th Division was committeed during August  / Septemberr of 1916.  AFtera brief stay in Belgium in the then quiet Ypres sector, the 50th battalion and the rest of the Division returned to the Somme in the vicinity of Guedecourt.

Clement was promoted Lance Corporal on 5 Nov 1916 having earlier being posted to the Transport Section in July 1916 and assigned as a Driver soprtly thereafter (most unit logistics were provided by horsedrawn vehicles). This at least meant he was not generally exposed to the thick of the fighting but drivers their vehicles and horses were prime targets for enemy artillery spotters and they would often have to run the gauntlet of salvoes of artillery as they plied their way between the front lines and the supply echelons.

He served troughout the remainder of the war with the Battalion  with frequent admissions to hospital for a variety of ailments.

He returned to Australia on the HMAT Armagh on 5 April 1919 disembarking on 16 may 1919 and was discharged on 8 July 1919.

Other details Medals:

1914-15 Star, 2593

British War Medal, 6194

Victory Medal, 6131

Family/military connections Brothers: 1980 Pte Kenneth Lancelot SCOTT, 27th Bn, killed in action, 9 October 1917; second brother (returned to Australia) cannot be identified; Cousins: 1761 Pte George Hislop LOCKWOOD, 16th Bn (, killed in action, 11 April 1917; 3204 Company sergeant Major John LOCKWOOD MM (, 27th Bn, returned to Australia, 8 November 1918.

Date of death 20 April 1977