Gunner John Scott

Gunner John Scott, 6th Battery, New Zealand Field Artillery. He was killed in action in France, aged 29, on the 24th October 1918 during the ” Advance to Victory”. He had been born in Selkirk in 1888 and was the son of James and Ruth Scott of 23 Curror Street, Selkirk. He is buried in Vertigneul Churchyard, Romeries, France. He had emigrated to New Zealand and was working as a miner on the South Island when he enlisted in April 1916. He was posted to the Divisional Ammunition Colum in France but was wounded in October 1917 and evacuated to the New Zealand General Hospital in Hampshire. He returned to France in March 1918 and joined the 6th Battery in September 1918. The Field Artillery used the 18 pounder gun using both high explosive and shrapnel shells an example of which is shown below. The photo shows field artillery in action.

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