Private John Scott

Private John Scott, 11th Battalion, Royal Scots. He was killed in action in Belgium on 12th October 1917, aged 19, during the Third Battle of Ypres. He was the son of Thomas and Jane Scott of Gavinton and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Flanders, Belgium. His Brother Thomas also fell ( see above ). He fell in the attacks on the German positions in ” Source Farm ” and ” Vat Cottages “. Conditions were dreadful with heavy rain thick slimy mud and strong defences. The attack could not progress in such awful conditions and casualties were high. 5 Officers and 51 Other Ranks were killed and 3 Officers and 160 Other Ranks were wounded. The utter desolation of the Flanders battlefield can be seen in the photographs.

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