Archibald Allen SCOTT

SCOTT, Archibald Allen

Service Number: 2797
Enlisted: 13 July 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 60th Infantry Battalion
Born: Strathalbyn, South Australia, Australia, 10 March 1887
Home Town: Meningie, The Coorong, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Driver
Died: Killed in Action, France, 19 July 1916, aged 29 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Meningie War Memorial, V.C. Corner Australian Cemetery Memorial
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World War 1 Service

13 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 2797, Depot Battalion
27 Oct 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 2797, 22nd Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '14' embarkation_place: Melbourne embarkation_ship: HMAT Ulysses embarkation_ship_number: A38 public_note: ''
27 Oct 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 2797, 22nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ulysses, Melbourne
19 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 2797, 60th Infantry Battalion, Fromelles (Fleurbaix), --- :awm_ww1_roll_of_honour_import: awm_service_number: 2797 awm_unit: 60th Australian Infantry Battalion awm_rank: Private awm_died_date: 1916-07-19

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

Archibald apparently told his parents that he was going to transport some horses to India but instead went to Melbourne to enlist. He enlisted at Broadmeadows in Melbourne and left Australia with the 22nd Battalion. He was then transferred to the newly formed 60th Battalion on 15th March. On the 18th June the battalion embarked from Alexandria to Marseilles where they landed on the 29th June to join the BEF. The first battle the battalion took part in was the disaster at Fromelles on the 19 July 1916, where they suffered heavy casualties. These included Archibald who was reported missing. He was confirmed to have been killed in action by a court of enquiry on 4th August 1917.

His brother, 2405 Pte. Edward Andrew Scott 48th Battalion AIF, died of wounds in France on 30 March 1918, aged 27.

They were the sons of Richard Marr Scott and Sarah Scott of Meningie, South Australia.

An 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.