Private Thomas Scott

Private Thomas Scott, 1st Battalion, Scots Guards. He died at Home on 22nd November 1918 aged 28, and is buried in Cockburnspath Churchyard. He was the son of Andrew and Agnes Scott and the husband of Elizabeth Scott of Cove Farm, Cockburnspath. He was a native of Galashiels and a Member of Melrose Rugby Football Club. He had been granted compassionate leave from France to visit his dying three year old daughter who died on the 11th November. Eleven days later Private Scott also died from the same disease which was the Spanish Flu, an epidemic then sweeping the World and which killed more people than the War itself. Before enlisting he had been employed as a mason. He had fought in most of the major Battles of the War only to die from Flu after the War had ended.

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