Henry Milton SCOTT

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SCOTT, Henry Milton

Service Number: 1103
Enlisted: 6 April 1916, 2 Years Senior Cadets
Last Rank: Gunner
Last Unit: 6th Trench Mortar Battery
Born: Clare South Australia, 17 June 1895
Home Town: Clare, Clare and Gilbert Valleys, South Australia
Schooling: Clare Primary School, South Australia
Occupation: Farmer
Died: GSW left arm (fractured) & leg & Illness - Pneumonia, Red Cross Hospital, Christchurch, England, 29 October 1918, aged 23 years
Cemetery: Christchurch Cemetery UK
R 63
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Burra Hanson Public School Roll of Honor, Clare Original Clare School WW1 Memorial, Clare Schools Old Scholars who Fell WW1 Memorial, Clare WW1 Memorial Arch, Hilltown War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

6 Apr 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1103, 43rd Infantry Battalion, 2 Years Senior Cadets
6 Apr 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1103, 43rd Infantry Battalion
9 Jun 1916: Involvement Private, SN 1103, 43rd Infantry Battalion
9 Jun 1916: Embarked Private, SN 1103, 43rd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Afric, Adelaide
17 Oct 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Gunner, 6th Trench Mortar Battery
28 Mar 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Gunner, SN 1103, 6th Trench Mortar Battery, German Withdrawal to Hindenburg Line and Outpost Villages, GSW right thigh slight
29 Sep 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Gunner, SN 1103, 6th Trench Mortar Battery, Breaching the Hindenburg Line - Cambrai / St Quentin Canal, GSW/SW to right arm and leg. Serious. Amputated arm. DoW England 29/10/1918
29 Oct 1918: Involvement Gunner, SN 1103

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

The summary below was completed by Cathy Sedgwick – Facebook “WW1 Australian War Graves in England/UK/Scotland/Ireland

Died on this date – 29th October…… Henry Milton Scott was born at Hilltown, near Clare, South Australia in 1895. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) on 6th April, 1916 as a 20 year old, single, Farmer from Hilltown, via Clare, South Australia.

Private Henry Milton Scott embarked from Adelaide, South Australia on HMAT Afric (A19) on 9th June, 1916 with the 11th Infantry Brigade, 43rd Infantry Battalion “C” Company & disembarked at Marseilles, France on 20th July, 1916.

He was taken on strength with Z/3A Heavy Trench Mortar Battery in England on 17th October, 1916 as Gunner from 43rd Reinforcements.
(Note – no record of what date he was transferred to England)

On 23rd November, 1916 Gunner Scott proceeded to France from England. He was admitted to Divisional Resting Station with Mumps on 20th December, 1916; transferred to Hospital at St. Omer on 22nd December, 1916 & discharged to Base Details on 11th January, 1917.

Gunner Scott was detached to 3rd D.A.C. (Divisional Artillery Column) on 21st February, 1917 & rejoined his Unit from detachment on 14th March, 1917.
Gunner Henry Milton Scott was wounded in action on 28th March, 1917. He was admitted to Field Ambulance with GSW to right thigh; transferred to Casualty Clearing Station then on to 2nd Australian General Hospital at Wimereux on 31st March, 1917. Gunner Scott was transferred to England on Hospital Ship on 8th April, 1917 & admitted to County of Middlesex War Hospital, England. He was transferred to 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital at Dartford on 24th April, 1917 & discharged to furlo on 21st May, 1917. He was then to report to Training Depot at Perham Downs, Wiltshire on 5th June, 1917.
On 6th June, 1917 Gunner Scott was marched in to No. 1 Command Depot at Perham Downs, Wiltshire & was passed dentally fit on 13th June, 1917. As a result of being passed dentally fit he proceeded back to France on 26th June, 1917 & rejoined his Unit (3rd Heavy Trench Mortar Battery) on 5th July, 1917.
Gunner Scott was on leave to Paris on 10th February, 1918 & rejoined from leave on 18th March, 1918. While on leave he was re-allotted to No. 6 Australian M.T. Battery on reorganisation on 15th February, 1918.
On 6th July, 1918 Gunner Scott was admitted to 6th Australian Field Ambulance with P.U.O. (Pyrexia (fever) of unknown origin). He was transferred to Casualty Clearing Station & admitted with Influenza. Gunner Scott was transferred to 4th Army Convalescent Depot on 11th July, 1918 then transferred & admitted to 9th General Hospital at Rouen, France on 12th July, 1918 again with P.U.O. (Pyrexia (fever) of unknown origin). He was transferred to 2nd Convalescent Depot at Rouen on 13th August, 1918 & transferred again on 15th August, 1918 to 11th Convalescent Depot at Buchy. He was discharged to Base Depot on 18th September, 1918 & rejoined his Unit on 23rd September, 1918.

Gunner Henry Milton Scott was wounded in action (2nd occasion) on 29th September, 1918. He was admitted to 11th Australian Field Ambulance on 29th September, 1918 with GSW (gunshot wound/s) to arm. From there he was transferred to Casualty Clearing Station then on the Ambulance Train before being admitted to 2nd General Hospital at Havre, France on 30th September, 1918 with GSW (gunshot wound/s) to left arm (fractured) & leg. He embarked for England on 7th October, 1918 on Hospital Ship & was admitted to Red Cross Hospital, Christchurch, England on 8th October, 1918 with shrapnel wounds to arm & was reported as dangerously ill.

Gunner Henry Milton Scott died at 4 pm on 29th October, 1918 at Red Cross Hospital, Christchurch, England from Pneumonia (following wounds received in action).

The Red Cross Wounded & Missing file for Gunner Henry Milton Scott contains a report which reads “Ad: Red Cross Hpl Christchurch 8-10-18, suffering from Gunshot wound left leg amputated. Left arm. Died pneumonia 29-10-18.”

He was buried in Christchurch Cemetery, Christchurch, Dorset, England where 1 other Australian WW1 Soldier & 1 Australian born Captain with the British Army are laid to rest.

A letter written by Mrs Mary London, Commandant, Red Cross Hospital, Christchurch reads: ““Full particulars regarding illness, death and burial of 1103 H. M. Scott 3rd Div. Trench Mortar Battery, and a photograph of his grave have been sent to his relations in Australia, both by me and his brother who was with him during his illness and death and was also here for the funeral.”

(The above is a summary of my research. The full research can be found by following the link below)
https://ww1austburialsuk.weebly.com/christchurch.html

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