Scott, James Gilmore (No. 258659)

Scott, James Gilmore (Gillie)

Lieutenant

No. 258659, 5th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers attached 45th Regiment Reconnaissance Corps, Royal Armoured Corps

Killed in action on Thursday 13 April 1944 (aged 22)

Buried:

Taukkyan War Cemetery, Myanmar (Grave 13. F. 18)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Royal Belfast Academical Institution (RBAI) Memorial Plaque

Ulster Bank Memorial Plaque in their Donegall Square East premises

BIOGRAPHY

The death of Lieutenant James Gilmore Scott (No. 258659) was reported in the 6 May edition of the County Down Spectator.  The report stated that he was the only child of Mr and Mrs W. Scott of Burn Brae, Ballyrobert, Ballyclare and that he had been a ‘popular member of the staff of Bangor Branch of the Ulster Bank when he joined up in 1941’.

James Gilmore (Gillie) Scott was born on 30 March 1922 in Wallasey, Cheshire and he was the only child of William James Scott, who was born in County Antrim, and Ida Mabel Scott (nee Coote), who was born in County Leitrim.  They were married on 8 June 1921 in Templemichael Church of Ireland Church, Longford.  William James Scott, a Civil Servant from Dublin, was a son of John Scott, deceased.  Ida Mabel Coote from Longford was a daughter of R. B. Coote, a farmer.

James Gilmore Scott attended Royal Belfast Academical Institution (RBAI) from 1937 until 1940 and, prior to enlisting in 1941, he worked in the Bangor Branch of the Ulster Bank.

In the CWGC Debt of Honour it is recorded that Lieutenant Scott served with the 5th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers attached to the 45th Regiment Reconnaissance Corps, Royal Armoured Corps.  It is also recorded there that he served with the Chindits.  This was a special force serving in Burma and India and trained to operate behind enemy (Japanese) lines.

Lieutenant James Gilmore Scott (No. 258659) died on 13 April 1944, just two weeks after his 22nd birthday, and he was buried in Taukkyan War Cemetery, Myanmar.  There is an inscription on his CWGC headstone:

‘YOUR MEMORY HALLOWED

IN THE LAND YOU LOVED’

MOTHER

Lieutenant James Gilmore Scott (No. 258659) is commemorated on the RBAI Memorial Plaque and on the Ulster Bank Memorial Plaque in their Donegall Square East premises.