Alexander Crabb (Ranji) STOTT

STOTT, Alexander Crabb

Service Numbers: 557, A557
Enlisted: 2 December 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 56th Infantry Battalion
Born: Brechin, Forfarshire, Scotland, 8 October 1877
Home Town: Wickham, Newcastle, New South Wales
Schooling: Wickham Superior Public School, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Wounds, Flers, France, 6 November 1916, aged 39 years
Cemetery: Heilly Station Cemetery
Plot V, Row F, Grave No. 9
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Hamilton War Memorial, Wickham Public School Great War Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

2 Dec 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 557, 35th Infantry Battalion
1 May 1916: Involvement Private, 557, 35th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '17' embarkation_place: Sydney embarkation_ship: HMAT Benalla embarkation_ship_number: A24 public_note: ''
1 May 1916: Embarked Private, 557, 35th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Benalla, Sydney
6 Nov 1916: Involvement Private, A557, 56th Infantry Battalion, --- :awm_ww1_roll_of_honour_import: awm_service_number: A557 awm_unit: 56th Australian Infantry Battalion awm_rank: Private awm_died_date: 1916-11-06

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From Gary Mitchell, Sandgate Cemetery

Awaiting memorialisation at Sandgate Cemetery.

107 years ago today, on the 6th November 1916, Private Alexander Crabb Stott, referred to as Ranji, 56th Battalion (Reg No-557A), labourer from 137 off Charlton Street, Wickham, New South Wales, father of nine (William John (1902-1981), Winifred Isabel (1903-?), Alexander Nicoll (1905-1952), Percival Keith (1906-1962), Harry (1908-1908, a Bud in Heaven), Eric Albert (1909-1975), Clifford George (1911-1958), Vyrlie Ann (1913-1982), Roselinda Barkel (1915-1970), Died of Wounds at the 38th Casualty Clearing Station, France, age 39.

No Roll of Honour circular summited.

No Australian Red Cross Wounded and Missing File.

Born at Brechin, Forfarshire, Scotland on the 8th October 1877 to Alexander (piper, died 23.11.1913, Newcastle, N.S.W., age 62) of 3 Lawson Street, Hamilton, N.S.W., and Ann Nicoll Stott nee Nicoll (died 24.11.1929, Hamilton, N.S.W., age 81) of 3 Lawson Street, Hamilton, N.S.W.; husband of Roselinda (Rose) Stott nee Barkel (married 1902, Hamilton, N.S.W., died 15.7.1956, Campsie, N.S.W., age 74, 40 years a widow) of Ida Street, Mayfield, New South Wales, Ranji enlisted on the 2nd December 1915 with the 35th Battalion at Newcastle, N.S.W.

Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales on board HMAT A24 Benalla on the 1st May 1916.
Wounded in action - 1.11.1916 (GSW abdomen).

Ranji is resting at the Heilly Station Cemetery, Mericourt-L'Abbe, France. Plot V Row F Grave 9.

Many thanks to Thierry Grier for the cemetery and headstone photos.

Place of Association - Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia.

Mr. Stott’s name has also been inscribed on the Book of Gold, Hamilton-Scotts Kirk Roll of Honour, Hamilton (Gregson Park) War Memorial, Hamilton Municipal District Roll of Honor, Wickham (Hawkins Oval) Soldiers' Memorial, Wickham Superior Public School Roll of Honour, Wickham Municipal District Roll of Honor Board 2 and The Capt. Clarence Smith Jeffries (V.C.) and Pte. William Matthew Currey (V.C.) Memorial Wall.

There is no memorial inscription on the headstone for the Stott family to tell us of the loss of their son during The Great War, and I am unable to erect a Memorial cross, so I have placed poppies in remembrance of Ranji’s service and supreme sacrifice for God, King & Country. PRESBYTERIAN-17SE. 37.

Many thanks to Alexander's Grandson Geoff Winston for the portrait photo and family history.

Contact with descendants would be greatly appreciated.

For more detail, see “Forever Remembered “

Lest We Forget.