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Robert Grieve Moncrieff SCOTT

Regimental number1046
Place of birthPerth, Scotland
SchoolThornhill School, Perthshire, Scotland
Age on arrival in Australia18
OccupationFarm hand
AddressPerth GPO, Perth, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 9.5"
Weight136 lbs
Next of kinFather, Andrew Moncrieff Scott, Thornhill, Perthshire, Scotland
Previous military serviceServed in the Senior Cadets (Area 88 B), Perth, Western Australia.
Enlistment date17 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll10 July 1915
Place of enlistmentPerth, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A2 Geelong on 18 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)*Given name Robert Grieve
Place of death or woundingFromelles, France
Age at death21
Age at death from cemetery records21
Place of burialFromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery (Plot II, Row E, Grave No 6), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Andrew and Christian SCOTT, Upper Keir, Thornhyill, Dumfriesshire, Scotland
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Fremantle, 24 November 1915; found guilty, at sea, 3 December 1915, of failing to comply with ship's regulation viz: leaving hammock on deck: awarded 1 extra guard; disembarked Suez, 18 December 1915.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 17 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Reported missing, 20 July 1916.

Identification disc received from Germany (German Death List, 4 November 1916). No particulars were afforded except that soldier is deceased. To be reported as KILLED IN ACTION 20/7/16.

German report, 2 August 1916: 'austr. Sold. Scott, R.G.M. Nr. 1046. C. 32. A.I.F. am 19.7.16 in Gegen Fromelles gefallen.'

Note on Red Cross File No 2440110: 'The above name appeared on German death list dated 4-11-16.'

Letter, Imperial War Graves Commission, London, to mother, 10 October 1924: ' ... it has been necessary to renumber certain graves in Rue Petillon Military Cemetery and that in consequence the full number of the grave believed to be that of Private R.G. M. Scott is now Plot 1, Row L, Grave 46. As you are aware the grave is marked by a cross bearing the name, regimental particulars and date of death of Private Scott, preceded by the words "Believed to be." This cross will in due course be replaced by a permanent memorial, and, should no subsequent doubt have arisen as to the identity of the grave, the words "Believed to be" can be omitted, if you wish, from the inscription on this stone.'

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

Originally mistakenly commemorated in Rue-Petillon Military Cemetery (Plot I, Row L, Grave No. 46); subsequently (2010) identified, and interred in the Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery, France.
Miscellaneous detailsConflicting details regarding embarkation: charge sheet (file p. 35) gives ship of embarkation as HMAT A2 'Geelong'; file (p. 37) gives ship of embarkation as HMAT 'Katuna' from Fremantle.
SourcesNAA: B2455, SCOTT Robert Grieve Moncrieff
Red Cross file 2440110

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