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Victor James SCOTT

Regimental number14321
Place of birthCastlemaine Victoria
ReligionMethodist
OccupationEngineer's apprentice
AddressMcGrath Street, Wesley Hill, Castlemaine, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinFather, J Scott, McGrath Street, Wesley Hill, Castlemaine, Victoria
Previous military service66th Infantry
Enlistment date14 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll17 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameMay 1916 Reinforcements
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/99/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A33 Ayrshire on 3 July 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll12th Field Ambulance
FateReturned to Australia 10 June 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in carrying wounded under heavy machine gun and shell fire for the period 12th September 1918 to 14th September 1918 South of LE VERGUIER and East of PERONNE. He was attached to RAP 50th A.I. Battalion which was situated in a Railway Cutting. For the first 6 hours casualties were heavy, and the enemy were able to enfilade the Railway Cutting from the Right Flank and heavily shell the cutting and valley approaching it, getting many direct hits in the vicinity of the RAP. He with others repeatedly carried cases under the heaviest fire, for a distance of 2000 yards. On the night of 13th September 1918 the enemy drove in our Out-posts and it appeared likely that he would capture the RAP, which was distant only about 500 yards from the front line. All bearers were ordered by C.O. 50th Battalion to report back to the next Ambulance Post at once. Private Scott with three others voluntarily remained to carry out a Stretcher case and further assisted a walking case. Later he returned with the remainder of his squad and carried out further cases. Having been ordered to go back, he would have been quite justified in going at once, but instead showed a fine spirit of self sacrifice in remaining.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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