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74281   Private Robert Henry Scott
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 17/04/2017
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 28th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Canadian Army)
Date Of Birth: 19/07/1887
Died: 15/09/1916 (Killed in Action)
Age: 42
Summary      
Robert Henry Scott was the son of William and Matilda Scott. He was born in either Ballymena or Belfast. Robert obtained a B.A. (probably in the area of Law) from the Royal University of Ireland. Robert Scott emigrated to Canada. Before enlisting, Robert was a law student. He had also served in the 60th Rifles (Moose Jaw) previously. Private Robert Henry Scott was serving with the 28th Battalion of the Canadian Infantry when he was killed in action on 15th September 1916, aged 29. The CWGC records Robert Henry Scott as the son of William and Matilda Scott, of McKee's Terrace, Dungannon, Ireland.
Further Information
Robert Henry Scott was the son of William and Matilda Scott. He was born in Belfast.
There is also a major discrepancy regarding his age. The CWGC gives his age as death as 42, giving a birth date around 1874. However his Canadian enrolment papers give his date of birth as 19 July 1887. This puts age at enrolment as 28, dying a year later at 29.
Robert Henry Scott attended Drumglass National School.
Robert obtained a B.A. (probably in the area of Law) from the Royal University of Ireland. The Royal University was the name give to the amalgamation of all Ireland's higher education establishments so it's not possible to say where he studied.
He took his degree while principal of Andersonstown National School, Belfast.
Robert moved to England where he taught in schools in Ramsgate and Winchester and took his Inter. Sc., London.
During his holidays he returned to Dungannon and played for the Dungannon Cricket Club.
Robert Scott emigrated to Canada.
Before enlisting, Robert was a law student. He had also served in the 60th Rifles (Moose Jaw) previously.
Robert enlisted on 14 March 1915. He gives his next of kin as his mother, who was living in Dungannon. He was not married.
Private Scott went to the front in June 1915 and took part in all the fighting up to his death with only one slight casualty during that time.
From the Tyrone Courier dated 25th November 1915 : Good news on both sides – Canadian's Cheery Letter
Private R H Scott B.A., of the Canadian contingent, writing from the Western front to his mother at 1 Kyle Terrace, Dungannon, under date 19 November 1915 says :-
“Just finished a good supper in the reserves Badajos Huts of which 9 Platoon occupies the Brisbane hut and hasten to send our thanks for the nice big parcel of chocolate and clothing received here this afternoon. The sweet part did not last five minutes and the rest will be appreciated for a long time to come. You could not have chosen the things better or sent them at a better time. We had quite an enjoyable trip last time with several little local truces with Fritz when we exchanged greetings and songs until he warned us “duck now, officer coming” and the shooting match was resumed. Weather today dry and frosty – quite a welcome change from the wet and mud. Received a small parcel in the trenches from J.B. Give our best thanks to J.C for papers safely delivered and much read. Everything going fine and dandy and prospects seem bright enough. Very good news reaches us on both sides”
From the Tyrone Courier dated 6 April 1916 : Thanks from the Front
In addition to the letters published last week, received by Mr W N Thornberry, principal of Drumglass National School, acknowledging receipt of packets of chocolates from the boys of the school, the following postcard has been received from Private R H Scott, B.A.:
'Thank you very much indeed for you kind gift to us older boys. Guess pennies are as common with you as sous are with us. I will call and see you when I get leave. This is one of a bunch of cards I picked up in the trenches last trip and we expect to leave this old barn any minute now for another stretch up there. If any of you ever go to Canada, we will try and help you out if you find us. I am asked to return the best thanks and good wishes of No 9 Platoon, 28th (North West) Battalion, 2nd Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force (C.O.E.F).'
Private Robert Henry Scott was serving with the 28th Battalion of the Canadian Infantry when he was killed in action on 15th September 1916.
The Canadian Circumstances of Death Register records that Private Scott was killed in action on 15th September 1916. During military operations, he was hit in the stomach by a bullet and died soon after reaching a dressing station. His unit were involved in an attack in the vicinity of Courcelette at the time.
From the Belfast Newsletter dated 9th October 1916:
Private Robert Scott, B.A., Canadian Infantry, killed in action on 15th September, was a son of Mrs Scott, McKee’s Terrace, Dungannon, and brother-in-law of Mr J C Simpson, proprietor of the Tyrone Courier, Dungannon. He was a native of Belfast, and had been a teacher in educational establishments in Winchester and Ramsgate. Afterwards he emigrated to Canada, and was a law student there at the outbreak of the war. He had had fifteen months active service in the field.
From the Tyrone Courier dated 12 October 1916:
On Friday morning Mrs Scott, 1 Kyle Terrace, Dungannon, received information from the Canadian Records Office that her youngest son, Private R H Scott B.A., of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, had been killed in action on 15th September. Mr Scott was born in Belfast and took his degree in the Royal University of Ireland (R.U.I.) while principal of Andersonstown National School, Belfast. He afterwards taught in schools in Ramsgate and Winchester and took his Inter. Sc., London. During his holidays he played for the Dungannon Cricket Club and had many friends. He emigrated to Canada some years ago and became a law student and joined the Canadian army at the outbreak of war. He crossed to the front in June 1915 and took part in all the fighting since with only one slight casualty till his death.
Robert's brother J.B. Scott was headmaster of Model School, Ballymena.
The CWGC records Robert Henry Scott as the son of William and Matilda Scott, of McKee's Terrace, Dungannon, Ireland.
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References and Links
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1 1910 Ulster Towns Directory Model School—J. B. Scott, resident head master
2 2nd Presbyterian Dungannon Robert Henry Scott, killed in action
3 Canadian Great War Project Details of Private Robert Henry Scott
4 Canadian Virtual War Memorial Details of Robert Henry Scott
5 Circumstances of Death Registers Details of Private Robert Henry Scott's death
6 Forum discussion Lists Canadian War Dead with Ballymena connections
7 Robert Scott Attestation Papers Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force Attestation Papers includes dob and images
Dungannon District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2015-2018