George William Scott

royal garrison artillery badgeGunner, 187632, 195th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery, killed in action, 15th August 1918, aged 22

Born at East Butterwick in 1896, George William was oldest son of the seven children of George William and Alice Scott (nee Caldicott). The family moved to Keadby shortly after George Jnr’s birth and lived in Chapel Lane where George Snr was a locomotive engine driver for the Grand Central Railway. In 1911 the family had moved to Trent Street where they lived next door to the Dunderdale’s. When George died were recorded as living at Woodleigh, Althorpe.

In 1911 George Jnr had left home and was working as an apprentice blacksmith to Richard Oades at Eastoft.

George enlisted in the army at Scunthorpe, post 1915. The unit he joined, the 195th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery were formed at Fareham on 13th July 1916 going out to France in November 1916. The task they had was to offer heavy artillery support to infantry attacks and attack targets behind the enemy lines to disrupt supply and communication. The majority of their casualties were from enemy artillery or enemy aircraft.

George Scott was one of 3 men from the battery killed on 15th August 1918 when they were on the outskirts of Rosieres-en-Santerre. He is buried in Rosieres Communal Cemetery Extension.

George is remembered on both Althorpe War Memorials.