Private Edward Maurice Scott

Service Army Service No. 240474
Rank Private
Regiment:East Kent Regiment, 1st/5th Battalion
Date of Birth: 08/11/1893
Born Woking, Surrey
Date of Death: 24/02/1917
Memorial: Dawlish Memorial Inscription SCOTT E.M. PTE THE BUFFS

Service History

There is a record that Edward enlisted in the Buffs at Ashford, Kent, but there is no record of the date.

1/5th (The Weald of Kent) Battalion Territorial Force.

12.05.1916 Transferred to the 35th Indian Brigade of the 14th Indian Division.

The brigade remained with the division for the rest of the war and took part in a large number of small actions: the Advance to the Hai and Capture of the Khudaira Bend (14 December 1916 – 19 January 1917), the Capture of the Hai Salient (25 January – 5 February 1917), the Capture of the Dahra Bend (9 – 16 February), the Capture of Sannaiyat (17 – 24 February), the Passage of the Tigris (23 – 24 February). (ex-Wikipedia)   The re-capture of Kut (24th February 1917)

The capture of the Sannaiyat position, which the Turks believed to be impregnable, had only been accomplished after a fierce struggle, in which our infantry, closely supported by our artillery, displayed great gallantry and endurance against a brave and determined enemy. The latter had again suffered severely. Many trenches were choked with corpses, and the open ground where counter-attacks had taken place was strewn with them.

Association with Dawlish

Edward Maurice Scott was the son of Samuel Arthur Scott (1857- ) and Mathilde Caroline Elise Scott (1855-1946). He was born in 1893 (recorded in Guildford District, Jan-Mar 1894,Vol 2a, p58) and Baptised at St Mary's, Horsell, Woking on 28 March 1894.

Samuel was a bank clerk and by 1901 they had moved again to Pine Cottage, Star Hill, Woking. They had four children at home, Samuel G , Joyce Eda , Edward M (1893-1917) and John Douglas (1895- ).

At some point after 1901 Samuel Arthur Scott and his wife moved to Dawlish, possibly for his health. A Death Certificate shows that he died on the 20th September 1904 at No 15 Brunswick Place, Dawlish. His wife, Mathilde, informed the registrar and it shows that Arthur was 49 and a pensioned banker's clerk. He died of leucocythemia, pneumonia 14 days and heart failure. Mathilde continued to live in Dawlish and is there with her daughter Joyce Eda Scott in the 1911 census. At that time the younger boys were at boarding school, Woodfield House, Wolverley, Nr Kidderminster.

Devon Roll of Honour E M Scott appears on the Devon Roll of Honour but date and place of death are not shown
Additional Information Commonwealth War Graves Site

Next of Kin: Mother, Mathilde Caroline Elise Scott
Last Known Address: 15 Brunswick Place, Dawlish

Badge of the The Buffs (East Kent Regiment) taken from a headstone

The Buffs (East Kent Regiment) cap badge

The 1st/5th Buffs (East Kent Regiment) passing over Jebel Hamrin, Palestine, December 1917 - (from collection of Imperial War Musuem)

Free Birth Marriage Death records

Copy of Death Certificate for Samuel Arthur Scott

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Census records

UK, Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects

Baptism record (St Mary, Horsell, Woking)