Remembrance - The Yorkshire Regiment, First World War
Captain George Jefferson SCOTT
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Captain George Jefferson SCOTT .
5th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment. Mentioned in Despatches. Son of George and Victoria Scott, of Market Weighton, Yorks. Killed 25 December 1915. Aged 41.
Buried POPERINGHE NEW MILITARY CEMETERY.
The following notes are provided in Bob Coulson's biographies of Yorkshire Regiment Officers killed in the First World War;-
George Scott was an East Yorkshireman born in Market Weighton in 1873 and
worked for a local bank after leaving school.
A pre-war territorial Captain Scott was with the 5th Battalion at its HQ in Scarborough when they were mobilized at 6-00pm on August 4th 1914.
They travelled to France in April of 1915 with Captain Scott joining them later in the year. In November after a months rest from front line duty spent at Outtersteene they travelled by train to Poperinghe and from there marched to Dickebusche and into the front line trenches in the Ypres Salient.
Captain George Jefferson Scott was killed in action in this area on Christmas Day 1915 at the age of 41. His grave can be seen today in Poperinghe New Military Cemetery just outside the town on the road to Reninghelst.
George Scott was the son of George and Victoria Scott of Market Weighton.
After his death the Green Howards Gazette wrote of him,
“Our loss is great. Several of us have lost a personal and sterling friend and the battalion one of its most popular and experienced officers. All he has done for the Volunteer Force in general and the battalion in particular will never be known for he invariably did things and said little”.
The photo has been taken from "Illustrated War DeLuxe" and has been provided by James Pasby (<firstname.lastname@example.org>)
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