Scott, John Joseph (No. 6728)

Scott, John Joseph

Private

No. 6728, 2nd Battalion, Royal Scots

Killed in action on Thursday 15 October 1914 (aged 40)

Buried:

Vieille-Chapelle New Military Cemetery, France (Grave VIII. B. 10)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Holywood and District War Memorial

BIOGRAPHY

In the CWGC Debt of Honour website it is recorded that Private John Joseph Scott (No. 6728) was 40 when he died; he was a son of Joseph and Jane Scott of Bishop Auckland, Co Durham and he was the husband of Margaret Evelyn Scott of Downshire Road, Holywood, Co Down.

Private John Joseph Scott (No. 6728) was born in Keighley, Yorkshire and he worked as a miner before he joined the Army on 26 April 1899 at Hamilton, Lanarkshire.  He declared then that he was 18 years and 8 months old and in his attestation papers it was noted that he was 5 feet 4 inches tall with a fresh complexion, grey eyes and fair hair.  He had a small scar on the top of his head.

Private John Joseph Scott (No. 6728) was stationed briefly in Holywood in 1899/1900 and he served in Transvaal during the South African War.

Before and during the Great War John Joseph Scott served with the 2nd Battalion Royal Scots and he was killed in action at Croix Barbee on 15 October 1914.

Private John Joseph Scott (No. 6728) was initially buried on the battlefield, later exhumed from his original grave and reburied in Vieille-Chapelle New Military Cemetery, France.  There is an inscription on his CWGC headstone:

YOU FOUGHT AND DIED

IN FREEDOM’S CAUSE

A MARTYR

FOR OUR LIBERTY SO DEAR

At the time of his death his wife, Margaret Evelyn Scott, was living in 12 Pease Street, South Church, Bishop Auckland.

On 23 February 1917 she was living at 163 Canmore Street, Shankill Road, Belfast.

On 16 February 1920 Margaret Evelyn Scott made a declaration that she was then living in Downshire Road, Holywood; she and her late husband had a daughter, Mary Jane Scott, who was born on 1 June 1909 in the Pottery House, St Anthony’s; her late husband’s parents were dead; he had a brother, Daniel Scott (aged 44) who lived in Coundon, Bishop Auckland, Co Durham and he had a sister, Sarah Barker (aged 48) who lived in Hyland’s Bridge, Bishop Auckland, Co Durham.

On 1 December 1920 Margaret Evelyn Scott acknowledged receipt of her late husband’s memorial scroll; her address then was Downshire Road, Holywood.

On 13 January 1922 Margaret Evelyn Scott acknowledged receipt of her late husband’s British War Medal and Victory Medal.

In his service papers it is recorded that, on Christmas Day 1913, Private John Joseph Scott (No. 6728) was arrested when he was observed participating in the illegal gambling game Pitch and Toss.  He was sentenced to 14 days imprisonment or else pay a fine of 10/6 (55p).

Private John Joseph Scott (No. 6728) is commemorated on Holywood and District War Memorial.