John Clifford SCOTT
Rank: Private
Number: 18463
Unit: 3rd Battalion COLDSTREAM GUARDS
Date of Death: 13 April 1918
Age: 21 (based on 1901 Census)
Cemetery: Ploegsteert Memorial, Comines-Warneton, Belgium

The Scott family originated from Carlton in Nottinghamshire. Samuel (a science teacher) was married to Sarah and they had four children whilst living in Carlton - Alexander, William, Winifred and Mildred. In the mid-1890s, they moved to the Stockport area and, by the time of the 1901 Census, had three more children - Frederick, John and Eveline. They lived at 2 The Grove, Cale Green. In common with many middle class families, they employed a live-in servant - 19 year old Annie Brickhill.

There is no copy of the War Diary of the 3rd Coldstreams at the National Archives and it is , therefore, not possible to know under what happened on the day John was killed in action. The area around Ploegsteert was one of the quietest sectors throughout the whole of the whole and never saw a major attack. However, on 9 April 1918, the Germans had launched the second phase of the spring offensive in what became known as the Battle of the Lys. It is likely that artillery shelling would have increased in consequence and this may account for why John has no known grave.

The local newspaper, reporting John's death, noted that the family home was now at 14 heath Road. Alexander Scott was serving as a sergeant in the Tank Corps and had been awarded the Military Medal for an act of gallantry. Frederic Scott was serving aboard HMS Crescent (a cruiser converted into a depot ship).

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