Source: May 1917 casualty.
Letters Published in the Peterborough Examiner
Peterborough Examiner. March 21, 1917. Page 7.
Peterborough Examiner. June 7, 1917. Page 1.
Summary of Service[i] for Summary of Service for Private Nicholas Scott, reg. no. 195861
|September 28, 1894||Born||Born at Chandos Township, Peterboro County, Ontario, Canada. Registered as John Nicholas Scott.|
|March 23, 1916||Enlisted||Enlisted 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, 1916||Assigned Pay||Assigned $10.00 pay per month to his father.|
|July 15, 1916||Sailed||Sailed from Halifax aboard the S.S. Empress of Britain.|
|July 25, 1916||Arrived||Arrived in Liverpool.|
|September 15, 1916||Taken on Strength||Taken on Strength with the 18th Battalion.|
|September 16, 1916||Arrived||Arrived from 93 Reserve Battalion at the Canadian Base Depot, Etaples, France and Taken on Strength with the 18th Battalion.|
|October 3, 1916||Joined Unit||Joined 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, 1917||Letter Published||Letter from Private Scott to his mother, Mrs. Stephen Scott, published in the Peterborough Examiner.|
|May 7, 1917||Letter Published||As above.|
|May 8, 1917||Killed in Action||Killed 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, 1917||Notice of Casualty||Published in Peterborough Examiner.|
|June 2, 1917.||Letter Published||The last letter known to Private Scott to his sister, Miss Mary Scott, is published in the Peterborough Examiner.|
|November 20, 1920||Despatched||Dispatched his Victory and British War Medals.|
|December 6, 1920||Issued||Issued to his parents the Memorial Scroll, reqn. No. 73335.|
|December 27, 1920||Dispatched||Appears that his mother’s Memorial (Silver) Cross was dispatched.|
|December 31, 1920||Issued||Issued 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.