Private Francis Scott

Private Francis Scott, 2nd Battalion, Cameronians. He was killed in action in France, aged 21, on the 13th November 1916 during the last days of the Battle of the Somme. He had been born in Selkirk in 1894 and was the son of John and Isabella Scott of 80 Forrest Road, Selkirk. Before enlisting he had been employed in the throstles department at Forest Mills in Selkirk. He had originally enlisted in the 10th ( Service ) Battalion Cameronians but was wounded in August 1915 and evacuated to hospital in Glasgow. Upon recovery he was posted to the 2nd Battalion in France and he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Thiepval, France. The photos give an idea of the Battleground in late Autumn whilst the colour image shows a peaceful Somme landscape today with ” no gas, no barbed wire, no guns firing now”.

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