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James Alfred SCOTT

Regimental number2701
Place of birthBendigo, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
Address260 South Terrace, Fremantle, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation31
Height5' 10"
Weight144 lbs
Next of kinFather, J A Scott, Northam, Western Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date21 June 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll17 June 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name16th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/33/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A68 Anchises on 2 September 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll16th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 26 September 1917
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 17), 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
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked from Alexandria to join unit, 18 October 1915. Taken on strength, Mudros, 23 October 1915. Disembarked Alexandria ex Mudros, 30 December 1915. Appointed Lance Corporal, 20 May 1916.

Proceeded from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 1 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 9 June 1916.

Admitted to 4th Australian Field Ambulance, 10 December 1916 (piles); transferred to 38th Casualty Clearing Station, 11 December 1916; to 9th General Hospital, Rouen, 12 December 1916; to 2nd Convalescent Depot, 26 December 1916; to 4th Australian Division Base Depot, 30 December 1916; to Segregation Camp, 14 February 1917; to 4th ADBD, 7 March 1917; rejoined unit, 13 April 1917.

Found guilty, 25 June 1917, of being late for Tattoo, 23 June 1917: forfeited 1 day's pay.

Killed in action, Belgium, 26 September 1917.

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

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