The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Captain J J Scott


Captain (Temporary Lieutenant) John James SCOTT, 1st Battalion,  Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action, near Merville, 28th June 1918. 

21st December 1893, born Ditton, Kent, eldest son of Thomas & Mary Scott, Ditton Court, Maidstone, Kent / "Aldon" West Malling, Kent.

Educated School House, Eastbourne College, Sussex, January 1909 to April 1911.

1911 Census - Eastbourne College, School Boarding House, Eastbourne, Sussex - James Scott, pupil, age 17, born Maidstone, Kent.

1911 Census - Ditton Court, Maidstone, Kent - Thomas Scott, head, age 55, married, farmer, employer., born Old Monkland, Lanarkshire; Mary W Scott, wife, age 55, married 24 years, 7 children, 5 still alive, farmers wife, (crossed through), born Baldernock, Stirlingshire; Mary S H Scott, daughter, age 20, single, teaching younger children, born Ditton, Kent; Margaret F Scott, daughter, age 18, single, assisting in house,  (crossed through), born Ditton, Kent; Kathleen S Scott, daughter, age 12, student at home, born Ditton, Kent; Thomas S Scott, son, age 9, student at home, born Ditton, Kent; Kate Homewood, servant, age 17, single, housemaid, born Frinsted, Kent.

August 1914, Commissioned into Royal West Kent Regiment; 12th October1915, posted BEF.

26th November 1918, Probate - John James Scott of Mill Hall, Aylesford, Kent died 28th June 1918 in France. Administration London 26th November to Mary Wotherspoon Scott, widow. Effects £5784 13s 6d.

Commemorated at  Ploegsteert Memorial, Panel 8,  Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium, Ditton War Memorial, Kent Aylesford War Memorial, St. Peter and St.Paul's Church Aylesford, Kent / Eastbourne College Roll of Honour.


1st Battalion War Diary - July to September 1916 - The Somme Fighting

Temp. Lieut. John James Scott - When the Battalion attacked the German trenches near High Wood, on the night of 22nd-23rd July 1916, it was met by a very heavy heavy machine gun and shell fire, and Lieut. Scott's platoon was the only portion of the assaulting party that was able to remain in the enemy trench. Lieut. Scott at once set to work to consolidate the position, holding off the enemy in front of him and on both flanks. He held this isolated position with his platoon for four hours. He showed great gallantry in the attach and great coolness and ability when in occupation of the enemy trench.

London Gazette 29th December 1915.

The under mentioned are transferred from Reserve to Regular Battalions, as temporary Officers, with dates of seniority as shown against their names.  Second Lieutenants  - J. J. Scott. Dated 28th November, 1914.

London Gazette 22nd November 1916. 

Royal West Kent Regiment  -  The under mentioned to be acting Captains whilst commanding a Company - 

11th October 1916. - Temporary Lieutenant  J. J. Scott.

London Gazette 6th December 1916.

Royal West Kent Regiment  - The under mentioned relinquish the acting rank of Captain 5th November 1916: 

Temporary Lieutenant  J. J. Scott.

London Gazette 1st January 1917.

War Office, 1st January 1917.

His Majesty the KING has been graciously pleased to approve of the under mentioned rewards for distinguished service in the field, dated 1st January, 1917: 


Temporary Lieutenant (acting Captain) John James Scott, Royal West Kent Regiment.

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