1914-15 STAR ‘2. LIEUT. W.F. SCOTT SOM. L.I.’ BRITISH WAR MEDAL, 1914-1919 ‘2. LIEUT. W.F. SCOTT’ MEMORIAL PLAQUE ‘WILLIAM FRANCIS SCOTT’, ‘KING’S MESSAGE’ MEMORIAL LETTER
Second Lieutenant William Francis Scott, son of Francis Henry Scott and Gertrude Violet Scott, of 40 Voltaire Road, Clapham, was killed in action while serving with the 8th Battalion, Somerset Light Infantry at Albert, 1 July 1916 – the ‘First Day of the Somme’. He is buried at the Gordon Dump Cemetery, Ovillers-la-Boiselle, France.
The 8th Battalion Somerset Light Infantry served as part of the 63rd Brigade, 21st Division during the battle of the Somme. One of the tasks of the 8th Battalion on 1 July 1916 was to assist in the capture of Lozenge Alley and part of Lozenge Wood. From the Battalion War Diary for 1 July 1916:
“7.30am was ZERO time for the assault. 7.25am First waves of B & C Coys crawled out. The Battalion was ordered to crawly out in the following formation B & C Coys in front “B” on right “C” on left were to advance in 4 lines of platoons at 2 paces interval about 100 y between line- Supported by “A” Coy in 2 lines of ½ Coys coming in on rear in artillery formation. E.g. in lines of platoon in files as a carrying party for S.A.A. Bombs, picks & shovels, Trench stores etc. Directly the artillery barrage lifted our men advance in quick time. They were met by very heavy machine gun fire and although Officers & men were being hit and falling everywhere the advance went steadily on and was reported by the Brigade Major who witnessed it to have been magnificent. The leading platoon lost quite 50% going across “no mans land”. On arrival near the enemy’s front line they were mo9mentarily held up by a machine gun but as the successive supporting lines came up they soon got in. Already the enemy opened an artillery barrage on “no mans land” and our front line trench - which caused heavy casualties among the supports. The only enemy found alive in his front line were a few machine gunners, who were immediately killed. Our men worked their way down the German communication trenches, bombing dugouts which contained Germans then on to. When the trenches had been battered out of all recognition and consisted of a mass of craters. They were supported by one STOKES gun but the officers in charge of the team were soon knocked out. Then a lewis gun team of ours got up & lent considerable help, enabling our men to make further advances. This party was under Ly KELLET and worked its way from crater to crater until it got to LOZENGE ALLEY Lt KELLETS party joinedc up with Lt A.H. HALLS party, making a total of about 100, who had been doing much o9f the same work – They held their position all night – during which time they repluslesd a bombing attack coming from the direction of FRICOURT. “
Condition EF, with original Buckingham palace ‘King’s Message’ memorial letter. Sold with copy research.