John Walter Scott

Service Number
26th Bn
Date of Enlistment
Date of Return
Date of Discharge
Date of Death
Service Story

John Scott and Cyril Keating may not have known each other prior to arriving at Claremont Army Camp, but enlisting a day a part and both being allotted to the same company within the 26th Battalion, they soon would. On enlistment John stated that he was a 22 year old single labourer from Kimberley, Tasmania.

As the weather deteriorated John Scott’s health started to suffer. At the end of November he was evacuated off the Gallipoli Peninsula for treatment at Alexandria and later at Cairo. He had spent about two weeks out of the line already being treated at ANZAC Cove.

He re-joined his unit in time to proceed overseas to France. On 29 July he was wounded in action at Tara Hill near Pozieres. After receiving treatment at Boulogne he returned to his unit via Etaples returning to his unit on 15 September 1916. He was wounded on a second occasion in March 1917 when the unit was detailed to take Lagnicourt. He was buried by a shell and suffered abrasions and returned to duty a week later. On 8 August 1918 he was wounded a third time when in action at Bois de Abbe, sustaining a gun-shot wound to his neck. Again he was treated in France and re-joined his unit in mid October 1918.

On returning from overseas he lived with his father and later married Linda Adams, Together they had three children. Later he worked as a motor driver. John Scott died of kidney disease on 21 May 1940.

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