Scott, Nicholas: Service no. 195861


Digitized Service Record

Source: May 1917 casualty.


An article this soldier and his letters.

Source: CVWM
Source: CVWM
Pte Nicholass Scott Peterborough Evening Examiner, Illustrated Section. January 23, 1917. Page 4.
Source: Peterborough Evening Examiner, Illustrated Section. January 23, 1917. Page 4.

Letters Published in the Peterborough Examiner

Peterborough Examiner. March 21, 1917. Page 7.

Peterborough Examiner. May 7, 1917. Page 7.

Peterborough Examiner. May 21, 1917. Page 1.

Peterborough Examiner. June 7, 1917. Page 1.

Summary of Service[i] for Summary of Service for Private Nicholas Scott, reg. no. 195861

September 28, 1894BornBorn at Chandos Township, Peterboro County, Ontario, Canada. Registered as John Nicholas Scott.
March 23, 1916EnlistedEnlisted with the 57th Regiment/93rd Battalion at Peterborough, Ontario. He was a farmer by trade and had no prior military experience. He gave his father, Stephen Scott as his next-of-kin, living at Young’s Point. He stood d 5’8.25” tall, was 135 pounds and had a “fresh” complexion, hazel eyes and auburn hair. He was listed as practicing the Roman Catholic faith.
July 1, 1916Assigned PayAssigned $10.00 pay per month to his father.
July 15, 1916SailedSailed from Halifax aboard the S.S. Empress of Britain.
July 25, 1916ArrivedArrived in Liverpool.
September 15, 1916Taken on StrengthTaken on Strength with the 18th Battalion.
September 16, 1916ArrivedArrived from 93 Reserve Battalion at the Canadian Base Depot, Etaples, France and Taken on Strength with the 18th Battalion.
October 3, 1916Joined UnitJoined unit while it was encamped at SAUSAGE VALLEY, during it service at the Somme. He was on of 66 men of other ranks to arrive that day as replacements. No notations were found in regard to what company, or platoon he was assigned. There was an officer from the 93rd Battalion, Lieutenants Eastwood and Worth, and he may have been assigned to his unit as they were from the same unit.
March 21, 1917Letter PublishedLetter from Private Scott to his mother, Mrs. Stephen Scott, published in the Peterborough Examiner.
May 7, 1917Letter PublishedAs above.
May 8, 1917Killed in ActionKilled in action at Willeraval, France near Fresnoy and the ARLEUX LOOP. The Battalion was not heavily engaged that day, but its sister battalion, the 19th, was having trouble recovering ground lost from a German counter-attack. The war diary makes no mention of casualties that day.



He is commemorated, along with over 11,000 other Canadians at the Vimy Memorial.


The War Diary, nor his service records, indicate the circumstances of death. The War Diary relates heavy shelling on May 6 and 7 with casualties, both dead and wounded, being noted. It is possible that he was killed prior to the 8th and it was only noted officially that he was killed on action on that date.


It appears from the War Diary and supplemental material for the 4th Canadian Infantry Brigade that the Germans were aggressively trying to dislodge the Canadians from their positions east of Vimy. During this fighting Private Scott was lost.

May 21, 1917Notice of CasualtyPublished in Peterborough Examiner.
June 2, 1917.Letter PublishedThe last letter known to Private Scott to his sister, Miss Mary Scott, is published in the Peterborough Examiner.
November 20, 1920DespatchedDispatched his Victory and British War Medals.
December 6, 1920IssuedIssued to his parents the Memorial Scroll, reqn. No. 73335.
December 27, 1920DispatchedAppears that his mother’s Memorial (Silver) Cross was dispatched.
December 31, 1920IssuedIssued to his parents his Memorial Plaque, reqn. No. P23127/

[i] The Summary of Service for this soldier is meant as just that, a summary of his service. It is not intended to be an exhaustive biographical relation of his life or his war service. Some information may be deliberately suppressed by the author out of sensitivity to the soldier. Readers are encouraged to reference the actual service records available at the Library and Archives Canada in PDF format if they wish to learn more about this soldier. Such additional information (i.e. hyperlinks etc.) are for informational purpose only and no claim to verification or accuracy is made by the author of this summary.


3 thoughts on “Scott, Nicholas: Service no. 195861

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  1. Who supplied you with the painting of Nicholas Scott? Could you provide a link to this person?

    1. Are the note on the bottom of the picture I found it at the Canadian virtual War Memorial. I don’t believe there was any information there indicating the original source. I would suggest going to they can enrich the war memorial and seeing if there’s any information about the source of that picture.

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