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William Henry SCOTT

Date of birth11 April 1881
Place of birthOmaru, New Zealand
SchoolCasterton State School; Dookie Agricultural College (Gold Medallist), Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationCivil engineer
AddressVailima, Wangaratta, Victoria
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation34
Next of kinWife, Mrs Rosamond Maplesden Scott, Vailima, Wangaratta, Victoria
Enlistment date11 November 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll11 November 1914
Rank on enlistmentCaptain
Unit name9th Light Horse Regiment, C Squadron
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/14/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A10 Karroo on 11 February 1915
Rank from Nominal RollBrevet Major
Unit from Nominal Roll9th Light Horse Regiment

Lieutenant Colonel

Unit: 9th Light Horse Regiment
Promotion date: 17 September 1916

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and gazetted, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 30474 (12 January 1918); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 76 (23 May 1918.

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', Supplement, No. 29845 (1 December 1916); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 62 (19 April 1919)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No 31938 (11 June 1920); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No 72 (2 September 1920).

FateReturned to Australia 26 August 1919

Distinguished Service Order

'For conspicuous ability and good work. He led a small column to reconnoitre a distant enemy post, attacked it, killed several of the enemy, and brought in thirty-eight prisoners, including the officer in command. His plans were so well laid that he effected this with the loss of only one man and one horse.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 129
Date: 21 September 1916

Bar to DSO

'On the 2nd October, 1918, while the brigade was bivouaced near Duma, a report was received that a large column of enemy was moving across to enter the foot hills at Kubbet I Asafi. The brigade was at once ordered out in pursuit. This officer got his regiment away in particularly quick time, and, moving rapidly for 6 miles, headed the enemy off, and charged and captured the whole column consisting of 1,450 of the enemy, 26 machine guns, 1 mountain gun, 2 field guns, and 12 automatic rifles. If this advance regiment had been twenty minutes later, the enemy could have gained the entrance to the foothills, and could easily have kept the brigade off with the machine guns and artillery they had, and so escaped. He did splendid work.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 10
Date: 29 January 1920

Commander of the Order of St Michael & St George

'For services rendered in connexion with military operations in the field.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 57
Date: 18 April 1918

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Palestine, Syria

Landed at Gallipoli, 21 May 1915. Promoted Major in June; took command of 9th Light Horse in August following the death of the CO at Hill 60. Contracted dysentery and was evacuated to England, 6 September 1915.

Rejoined 9th Light Horse in Eygpt, 1 January 1916; given temporary command in February and March. Led a column against a Turkish force sinking wells at Jifjafa; attacked the enemy, 13 April; Turkish force destroyed for minimal Australian loss. Awarded the Distinguished Service Order.

Participated in the Battle of Romani, August 1916; and the Battles of Gaza, March-April 1917. Wounded at Gaza, 19 April, and evacuated; awarded the CMG.

Returned to duty, and wounded, second occasion, near Shellal, 28 May 1917. Returned to duty, Julg 1917; participated in the Beersheba-Jerusalem operations. Led the 9th Light Horse against a retreating Turkish column at Kubbett I Asafir, 2 October; awarded a Bar to the DSO.

Took part in the suppression of the Eygptian rebellion, 1919.

Also served in World War II, lines of communications unit.

Medals: Commander of the Order of St Michael and St Georye, Distinguished Service Order and Bar, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death21 September 1960
Age at death79
Place of burialCremated: Springvale Crematorium, Melbourne, Victoria

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