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  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone marking his grave in Sanctuary Wood Cemetery, Belgium. Photograph courtesy of Murray Biddle
Person Details
Retford Nottinghamshire
Percy Scott had been born in Rettford in 1896, two years after his parents, Joseph Scott and Lizzie Jane Levick, had married in Retford. The family home for many years was at 18 Richard Street, Newtown, Retford and from here, Percy’s father worked as a carpenter/joiner sometimes in the building trade. The year after Percy was born, the Scott’s had a daughter who they named Edith Emily. This was the Scott’s last child, a rather small family for that period of time. In 1911, Percy was 15 and had already started working. He was an apprentice engineering fitter employed by Messrs Jenkins and Co. of Retford. Two years later, on the 19 April 1913, he volunteered for the Sherwood Foresters Territorials and when war was declared he became embodied into the regular Army and sent to France on 2 March 1915.
Employed as a moulder at Messrs. Jenkin’s Beehive Works before enlisting.
08 Aug 1915
19
477982 - CWGC Website
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Lance Corporal
1/8th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
1/8th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment) Percy Scott along with three others, was killed by a shell on 8 August 1918. He is buried in Sanctuary Wood Cemetery, Belgium (grave ref. II. E. 39). The history of the Cemetery indicates that Percy's grave was brought in from elsewhere after the Armistice. CWGC - History of Sanctuary Wood Cemetery (extract): 'Sanctuary Wood Cemetery is located 5 kms east of Ieper [Ypres]. Sanctuary Wood is one of the larger woods in the commune of Zillebeke. It was named in November 1914, when it was used to screen troops behind the front line. It was the scene of fighting in September 1915 and was the centre of the Battle of Mount Sorrel (2-13 June 1916) involving the 1st and 3rd Canadian Divisions. There were three Commonwealth cemeteries at Sanctuary Wood before June 1916, all made in May-August 1915. The first two were on the western end of the wood, the third in a clearing further east. All were practically obliterated in the Battle of Mount Sorrel, but traces of the second were found and it became the nucleus of the present Sanctuary Wood Cemetery. At the Armistice, the cemetery contained 137 graves. From 1927 to 1932, Plots II-V were added and the cemetery extended as far as 'Maple Avenue', when graves were brought in from the surrounding battlefields. They came mainly from the communes immediately surrounding Ypres, but a few were taken from [listed].' (www.cwgc.org)
CWG additional information:- Son of Joseph and Lizzie Scott, of 18, Richmond St., New Town, Retford. CWGC headstone personal inscription: 'At Rest' Worksop Guardian 20 August 1915 - 'Four Territorials killed by shell fire' 'News has reached Retford of the death at the front of four of the Territorials, killed by one shell whilst serving in the trenches. Of the four the best known is Sergt. Arthur Phillipson, younger son of Mr and Mrs Phillipson, of Richard Street, Newtown, joined the Retford Volunteers about 10 years ago and remained in the company after it transferred to the Territorial Association. He was an excellent soldier, being very keen in learning his duties, and he soon rose to the rank of Sergeant. He was also a very good shot, and his advice on the rifle and all matters appertaining to the duties of a soldiers was always readily given. His death has come as a painful shock to his parents, for he was an exceptionally loyal and dutiful son. He was closely associated with St Alban’s Church which he regularly attends. A short time ago we recorded with pleasure a tribute from his platoon commander after a singularly brave deed performed in the trenches. The Lieutenant wrote that he was proud to have such a Sergeant under his command. 'Sergt. Phillipson was killed, together with Lce-Corpl Scott and Ptes King and Smith by a shell during the recent heavy fighting when several German trenches were captured. He had been employed at the Rubber Works for many years and was highly respected by everyone for his quiet and gentlemanly disposition. 'Lce-Corpl Scott (20) whose parents reside nearly opposite those of Sergt Phillipson, who was another of the victims, was formerly employed at Messrs. Jenkin’s Beehive Works. The news of his death is conveyed in a letter from Pte Farrand as follows:- “ I am writing to you with deep regret to inform you that poor Percy was killed this morning (Monday) along with three more lads by a shell. Two battalions on the left of our Company were to make an attack at dawn and after an hour’s bombardment of the Germans, they did so and our Company had to file into the trenches they had left, so we came in for a good deal of shell fire. It was while we were holding this trench that Percy and the three lads were killed. I was in the next bay and got a good shaking but nothing more. We are all sorry to lose him, for he was very much liked by all in the platoon. He was a capable NCO and we were the only two from Retford in his section, so I shall miss him very much.” 'Pte King was the only son of Mr Ambrose King. Dominie Cross Road, and also formerly employed Messrs. Jenkin’s Beehive Works. He had been in the Territorials three years and was 21 years of age. 'Private Albert Smith attended the first camp with the Terriers just before war broke out. News of his death has been received from Pte Sly, his chum in the trenches. Deceased was formerly employed as a moulder, at Messrs. Jenkin’s. His parents reside in Alma Road.' Retford Times 20 August 1915 - L/Cpl Percy Scott 'Lance-Corpl Percy Scott was the only son of Mr and Mrs Joseph Scott, 18 Richard Street, Newtown, Retford. The deceased, who was 19 years of age, was a fitter at Messrs W J Jenkins and Co’s engineering works. Last years camp at Filey was the second he had attended with the Retford Territorials. Mrs Scott handed to our representative a letter which was received on Sunday morning from Belgium, written by Pte F Farrand who describes the circumstances as to how the Retford Soldiers met their deaths. “I am writing to you with deep regret to inform you that poor Percy was killed on Monday morning along with three more lads by a shell. It occurred this way. Two battalions on the left of our Company were to make an attack at dawn. After about an hours bombardment of the German trenches, those on our left attacked the trenches in front, so our Company had to file down into the trench they had left, so we came in for a good deal of shell fire. I am very sorry to say it was while we were holding this trench that Percy and the other three lads were killed. I was in the next bay and got a good shaking but I am pleased to say, nothing more. We are all very sorry to lose him for he was very much liked by all in the platoon. He was a capable NCO and he and I, being the only two from Reford in this section. I shall miss him very much. He was a great chum of mine and I am sure you have my sincere sympathies in you great loss.' Ordsall St Alban's parish magazine, September 1915, Honour to the Fallen: 'Percy Scott ... been killed in France or Belgium ... Percy Scott, Ernest King, Frank Stockdale and Arthur Phillipson were regular in their attendance at St Alban’s church and were among the most promising of our younger churchmen. Of such soldiers we had great hopes that they would exercise a strong influence for good on other lads in the years to come. All too soon they have fallen, leaving a wide gap in the ranks at home and we pray that their friends and relations may be comforted in their grief and that other lads seeing what has been done will follow their example in self-sacrifice and manly courage.' (Retford Local Studies Library, ref 942.52 ORD) Research by Colin Dannatt
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  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone marking his grave in Sanctuary Wood Cemetery, Belgium. Photograph courtesy of Murray Biddle
    Percy Scott - Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone marking his grave in Sanctuary Wood Cemetery, Belgium. Photograph courtesy of Murray Biddle