Thomas Scott


Jul 15, 1890

Born in St. Andrews, Scotland to Peter and Isabella Scott


Oct 22, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59868 (temporary number 147)

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. Peter Scott, mother, 100 Vernon St., Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Ø  Previous occupation given as Draughtsman with the Lockwood, Greene & Co., Architects, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Ø  Previous military experience given as 2 years in the Volunteer Force in Scotland

Ø  Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø  Posted to “B” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “A” Company

The 21st Battalion trained in the Kingston, Ontario area through the winter of 1914-15.


Dec 10, 1914

Appointed to the provisional rank of Lance Corporal with pay


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec


May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent to continue training


Jul 1, 1915

Confirmed in the appointment of the rank of Lance Corporal


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the battalion proceeded to St. Omer


Mar 27, 1916

Granted 9 days leave


Mar 29, 1916

Promoted to the rank of Corporal


Apr 5, 1916

Granted a 1 day extension to his leave


Apr 14,1916

While the battalion was resting in the “B” Camp at La Clytte, Belgium, Corporal Scott was on a work party supervising the laying of communication wire. He fell in a hole and suffered a severely sprained ankle.  He was evacuated to the No. 6 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) for first aid before being transported to the No. 10 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station).  Later in the day, he was transferred via the No. 24 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to the No. 14 Canadian General Hospital.  He was then transferred to the No. 5 British Red Cross Hospital in Wimereux, France


Apr 24, 1916

Transferred to the No. 5 Convalescent Depot in Boulogne to continue his recovery


May 4, 1916

Discharged to the base details in Boulogne


May 10, 1916

Reported to the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre


May 15, 1916

After leaving the base depot, Corporal Scott rejoined the 21st Battalion in the T & R Trenches near Voormezeele, Belgium


May 20, 1916

Appointed to the rank of Lance Sergeant


Jul 3, 1916

Promoted to the rank of Sergeant


Sep 15, 1916

During the capture of the strongly defended sugar factory south of Courcelette, France, Sergeant Scott received a shrapnel wound that shattered his left knee and he was evacuated to a casualty clearing station where his leg was amputated above the knee.  He was then transferred to the No. 13 General Hospital in Boulogne


Sep 19, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Jan Breydel


On arrival in England, he was admitted to No. 2 London General Hospital in Chelsea

Transferred to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) for pay purposes while in hospital


Nov 30, 1916

Transferred to the Granville Canadian Special Hospital in Ramsgate


Dec 8, 1916

Due to complications when his stump became ulcerated, a re-amputation was performed to provide a better stump in preparation to receive an artificial leg


Jan 4, 1917

Granted sick leave until January 12, 1917


Feb 16, 1917

Transferred to the Princess Patricia Canadian Light Infantry Red Cross Special Hospital in Ramsgate


Feb 19, 1917

Embarked the Hospital Ship Essequibo in Liverpool



Mar 1, 1917

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Quebec City, Quebec


May 9, 1917

After being assessed by a Medical Board, he proceeded to Whitby, Ontario where he was Taken On Strength the Military Hospitals Commission of Canada “D” Unit and admitted to the Whitby Military Convalescent Hospital


May 14, 1917

To be treated as an Out Patient of the Whitby Military Convalescent Hospital


Jun 30, 1917

To be treated as an In Patient of the Whitby Military Convalescent Hospital


Jul 9, 1917

Transferred to the College Hospital in Toronto, Ontario


Aug 29, 1917

Noted as having an artificial leg with no complications


Sep 1, 1917

To be treated as an Out Patient of the College Hospital pending discharge from the CEF


Oct 31, 1917

Discharged from the CEF in Toronto, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Sergeant

Ø  Entitled to War Service Badge Class “A”

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge Kingston, Ontario

Following the end of the war, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 1530 The Healey Building, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Following the war, he married Margaret Dick Ness in the USA and then moved back to Scotland


The newspaper article below is courtesy of Patrick Sullivan

Jul 22, 1975

Thomas Scott died in Clydebank, Dunbartonshire, Scotland


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