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Albert James SCOTT

Regimental number2453
Place of birthAscot Vale, Victoria
SchoolHornby Street State School, Windsor, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationCoachpainter
Address11 White Street, Windsor, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Height5' 6"
Weight134 lbs
Next of kinFather, Richard Scott, 11 White Street, Windsor, Victoria
Enlistment date12 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name23rd Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/40/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT RMS Osterley on 29 September 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll23rd Battalion
FateKilled in Action 1 October 1917
Place of death or woundingZonnebeke, Belgium
Age at death20.4
Age at death from cemetery records20
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 23), Belgium

The Menin Gate Memorial (so named because the road led to the town of Menin) was constructed on the site of a gateway in the eastern walls of the old Flemish town of Ypres, Belgium, where hundreds of thousands of allied troops passed on their way to the front, the Ypres salient, the site from April 1915 to the end of the war of some of the fiercest fighting of the war.

The Memorial was conceived as a monument to the 350,000 men of the British Empire who fought in the campaign. Inside the arch, on tablets of Portland stone, are inscribed the names of 56,000 men, including 6,178 Australians, who served in the Ypres campaign and who have no known grave.

The opening of the Menin Gate Memorial on 24 July 1927 so moved the Australian artist Will Longstaff that he painted 'The Menin Gate at Midnight', which portrays a ghostly army of the dead marching past the Menin Gate. The painting now hangs in the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, at the entrance of which are two medieval stone lions presented to the Memorial by the City of Ypres in 1936.

Since the 1930s, with the brief interval of the German occupation in the Second World War, the City of Ypres has conducted a ceremony at the Memorial at dusk each evening to commemorate those who died in the Ypres campaign.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
100
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Richard and Ellen SCOTT, Castella Street, Healesville, Victoria. Native of Ascot Vale, Victoria
Family/military connectionsBrother: 4227 Pte Richard SCOTT MM, 21st Bn, returned to Australia, 19 April 1919.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength, 23rd Bn, Tel el Kebir, 11 January 1916.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 26 March 1916.

Pay account charged 6/6d as cost of replacing hat. Found guilty, 30 May 1916, of being absent from Tattoo Roll Call, 28 May 1916: awarded 10 days' Field Punishment No. 2.

Admitted to 3rd Australian Field Ambulance, 20 November 1916 (laryngitis);rejoined Bn, 28 November 1916. Admitted to 6th Australian Field Ambulance, 22 March 1917 (influenza); transferred to Divisional Rest Station, 23 March 1917; discharged to unit, 9 April 1917.

Proceeded on leave, 15 August 1917; rejoined from leave, 15 August 1917.

Killed in action, Belgium, 1 October 1917. 7140 W.H. McINNER, submitted a statement, 17 October 191: 'I knew Casualty [SCOTT], he was a man of stout build, 5'6" in height, dark complexion, about 28 years of age. Casualty was on Westourte Ridge during the advance. He was on a machine gun position and while there was killed instantly by a high explosive shell. I was a stretcher bearer and went out to see if everything was alrightand found Casualty dead at the post. I helped to carry him back to rear of the lines and he was buried there.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British war Medal, Victory Medal

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