Scott, David (No. D/SSX 30791)

Scott, David

Ordinary Seaman

D/SSX 30791, HMS Glorious, Royal Navy

Killed in action on Saturday 8 June 1940 (aged 18)

No known grave

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Plymouth Naval Memorial, Devon (Panel 39 Column 1)

Church of St. Peter, Martindale in Cumbria

Memorial plaque in Harstad, Norway

Newtownards and District War Memorial

BIOGRAPHY

David Scott was born on 21 November 1921, his birth was registered in Newtownards and he was the second son of Robert and Margaret Stewart Scott (nee Eagleson) who lived at 101 Scrabo Road, Newtownards.

Robert Scott and Margaret Stewart Eagleson were married on 18 July 1919 in the Original Secession Manse, Kilwinning, Scotland after Banns according to the forms of the Original Secession Church.

Robert Scott (aged 21), a labourer from 60 Ardeer Square, Stevenston, Ayr was a son of William John and Margaret Scott (nee Hayes), both deceased.

Margaret Stewart Eagleson (aged 19; born on 16 November 1900), a millworker from 26 Bridgend, Kilwinning, Ayr was a daughter of William and Margaret Ann Eagleson (nee Stewart) who were married on 3 September 1896 in Ballyblack Presbyterian Church.  William Eagleson was a son of David Eagleson, Ballyrea, and Margaret Ann Stewart was a daughter of Robert Stewart, Ballywatticock.

Robert and Margaret Stewart Scott (nee Eagleson) had at least seven children:

Robert (Bobby, born 10 February 1920; baptised in Greenwell Street Presbyterian Church, Newtownards; married Hannah McKnight 4 June 1942)

David (born 21 November 1921; baptised in Greenwell Street Presbyterian Church, Newtownards)

John

Margaret (Gretta, married David Kelly)

Another daughter

Desmond (born around 1942)

Wilfred (born 21 April 1943; died 16 April 1954)

During the Second World War David Scott served with the Royal Navy aboard the aircraft carrier HMS Glorious.  This ship was built as a battle cruiser by Harland and Wolff in Belfast and completed in 1917.  During the late 1920s she was converted to an aircraft carrier.

The evacuation of Allied Forces from Norway (Operation Alphabet) was carried out between 5 and 8 June 1940.  On the afternoon of 8 June 1940 HMS Glorious and her escorting destroyers HMS Acasta and HMS Ardent were proceeding independently to Scapa Flow when they were intercepted in the Norwegian Sea by the German battle cruisers Gneisenau and Scharnhorst.  At around 6.00 pm the three British ships were sunk by sustained and heavy gunfire with the loss of more than 1,500 lives.  In addition to Ordinary Seaman David Scott, these included Able Seaman Alexander Doak and Able Seaman Hugh Alexander Eagleson, both also from Newtownards.

Initially they were reported as missing in action and later it was officially confirmed that they must be presumed to have been killed.

Ordinary Seaman David Scott (No. D/SSX 30791) was 18 when he died on 8 June 1940 and his mother, father, brothers, and sisters placed a Killed on Active Service notice in the 1 November 1941 edition of the Newtownards Chronicle.  It contained the verse:

To love, to love, and then to part

Is the greatest sorrow of a mother’s heart

Ordinary Seaman David Scott is commemorated on Plymouth Naval Memorial in Devon; on a stained-glass window in the Church of St. Peter, Martindale in Cumbria, on a memorial plaque in Harstad, Norway and on Newtownards and District War Memorial.  His father, Robert Scott, was on active service with the Army during the Second World War.

David Scott’s brothers, Desmond and Wilfred, were born after David was killed.  On Friday 16 April 1954 (five days before Wilfred’s 11th birthday) the two brothers were playing together in a quarry at Ballycullen, Newtownards when Wilfred received a shotgun wound to the head.  Two young men who were also in the quarry at the time were shooting crows.  Wilfred Scott died that evening in Ards Hospital, and he was buried in Movilla Cemetery, Newtownards.

David Scott’s father Robert died in April 1966 (records vary as to the exact date) and his mother Margaret died on 16 March 2000 in her 100th year.  Both were buried in the same grave as their son Wilfred.

David Scott’s brother Robert (Bobby, Hannah’s husband) died on 10 May 1993 (aged 73); Hannah Scott died on 29 January 2004.