Private Harry Reginald Scott

Service Army Service No. 35768
Rank Private
Regiment:Yorkshire Regiment, 5th Battalion
Date of Birth: 1891
Born Mamhead
Date of Death: 07/12/1918
Memorial: Not Listed Memorial Inscription

Service History

Military records show that Harry Scott enlisted at Cheltenham while living in Winchcombe, Glos. This also shows that he first enlisted with the Royal Gloucestershire Hussars Yeomanry, service no 3974. We do not know when he transferred to the Yorkshire Regiment and War diaries do not mention other ranks by name.

It is not known at what date he was taken prisoner by the Germans. The UK, Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects records his death from ‘war Dropsy’.

From his headstone, the family understood that he was in Landens Hospital, Germany when he died on December 7, 1918. Research would be needed to be certain of the location of the hospital, but the UK, Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects refers to his death taking place at HP Langensalga, Hessen. A search of lists of Prisoner-of-War camps shows one at Langensalza for ‘Mannschlaftslager’ (private soldiers and N.C.O.s) in the region of Cassel and the Province of Hesse. It was opened in 1914 and held 10,000 men and in the control of the XI Army Corps.

Association with Dawlish

Harry Reginald Scott was the youngest son of Henry Scott (1852-1917) and Susan Gidley (1853-1935) and came from a Tedburn St Mary family. Henry’s parents, Joseph Scott and Eliza Westcott  had nine children of which Henry was the youngest.

Henry Scott married Susan Gidley in Heavitree on 21 April 1874. They had ten children of which two died before 1911, and the two youngest sons died in WW1. In 1911 the parents were aged 57 and 56 and living with Walter Henry Scott (q.v.) at Park Cottage, Strand Hill, but Harry Reginald Scott was lodging with the Burge family at Bishops Lydeard, near Taunton, where he was a gardener.

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Additional Information Commonwealth War Graves Site

Next of Kin: Susan Scott, Mother, Park Cottage, High Street, Dawlish
Last Known Address: Winchcombe, Glos

Memorial headstone to Harry Reginald Scott in Dawlish Cemetery

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