Roll of Honour
Charles Gordon Scott
Charles Gordon Scott was born in 1897, son of Charles F. and Elizabeth Scott, of Ingledene, Newlands, Glasgow. He was educated at the High School of Glasgow (see the The Scottish War Memorials Project entry for the High School of Glasgow memorial)and was working in the Accountant's Department of the City Line Shipping Office when war broke out. It was his intention to adopt the Army as a profession, and being a member of the University of Glasgow OTC, he offered his services on the day war was declared.
Scott received a commission a fortnight later, and proceed immediately to Woolwich to complete his training with the 3rd Bn. of the Princess Louise's Regiment of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. Early in May 1915, he went over to France as a 2nd Lieutenant to fight with the 1st Bn. of the same regiment, and did good service, but was invalided home at the end of July with shell shock.
After a few weeks in hospital he rejoined the 3rd Bn. stationed at Dreghorn, Edinburgh. Medically fit for active service, he went abroad to join the 2nd Bn. of the Seaforths as a full Lieutenant. After only three weeks "attached" to the Seaforths, his Colonel sent him to an Army School to receive special instructions with a view to his appointment as a Company Commander. After being there a month, and receiving a first-class report, he proceeded to join the 2nd Bn. of his own regiment at the front.
Shortly after, Lieutenant Charles Gordon Scott met his death from shrapnel while leading his men in action on the 28th October 1916, aged 19. He is buried in the A.I.F. Burial Ground, north of the village of Flers, in the Department of the Somme.
Comments and Citations
Obituary: The High School of Glasgow: the book of Service and Remembrance (Glasgow: Maclehose, Jackson, 1921)
Photograph: Image supplied by and reproduced by kind permission of Richard Bonney.