It was Eton College War Memorial, many years ago, that started me transcribing war memorials and I seem to have gathered a vast collection of photographs along the way – I hate to say that many still need transcribing, but at the moment another project has to take priority.
But in the meantime, I will venture back to Eton College and a young man who I met (virtually) along the way.
When I transcribed the Eton College War Memorial, all those years ago, I was fortunate enough to be contacted by a relative of one of the men whose name is carved in………….. I was going to say stone but I think it is in fact marble. A few emails went back and forth, with little bits of extra information and a photograph – it is so nice to know who you are writing about and it was my pleasure to be able to visit the grave, photograph the headstone and send over to the family.
It also appears, that when doing a little research for the young man concerned I found out that his grandfather Hugh Scott 8th of Gala) was born in Bellie nr Elgin and his grandmother (Elizabeth Isabella Gordon) hailed from St Andrews, also in Elgin – small world as my mothers family also come from that area of Morayshire.
Who am I talking about, well it’s Henry John Alexander Scott Makdougall who born on 6th February 1901, the son of Hugh James Elibank Scott-Makdougall of Makerstoun and his wife Agnes Jenkinson.
Henry was educated at Eton College, leaving in November 1918. He sat exams for Sandhurst College on 11th November 1918. Henry was commissioned into the King’s Royal Rifle Corps with the serial number 12838, gaining the rank of Captain in the 60th Rifles (KRRC) in 1930.
In 1934 his father, Hugh died and on 2nd April 1935. Henry legally changed his name to Henry John Alexander Scott Makdougall, becoming Henry John Alexander Makdougall Scott, 11th of Gala. This was recognised by the Lord Lyon King of Arms and on 2nd April of the same year his arms were matriculated.
Henry served in WWII and I was told by a family member that it was on a visit back to his family home, Gala House, with his mother, other family members and staff stood outside, that he got in his car and drove off. His mother waved him away and said that would be the last time she would see her son.
Captain Scott and one Second Lieutenant Scott were involved in fighting the enemy on the streets of Calais during May of 1940. The story goes that one was on one side of the street and the other was across the road. Both were killed on the same day and there seemed to be some confusion about who was where and what they were doing. These details don’t seem to matter. But what does matter is the men – Henry was 39 years old when he was killed on 26th May 1940 and his comrade was only 20 years old and both lie within the walls of Calais Southern Cemetery and rest a distance, probably, as wide as a street from each other.
So it looks like a mother’s premonitions came true!
The Probate Calender for England and Wales reads :- SCOTT Henry John Alexander MakDougall of Gala House, Galashiels died 26 May 1940. Confirmation of Francis Gillies Sutherland writer to the Signet Philip Beaumont Frere solicitor and John Douglas Hamilton dickson writer to the Signet, Sealed Llandudno 28 July 1941.
Henry, as well as being mentioned on the Eton King’s Royal Rifle Corps memorial, Henry also has his name on the Galashiels memorial to the fallen.
As I mentioned another Scott, it seems only fair and right to see who he is too. Richard Oswald Scott, was the son of Oswald Arthur Scott, DSO (1918) and his wife Hermione Monica, whom he later divorced. Here it seems there is another local, well reasonably local, connection – Oswald Arthur married Hermione Monica Ferrand on the 19th of May 1917 in All Saints Church, Bingley. Hermione’s father was William Ferrand, Esquire, living at St Ives, Bingley. Oswald Arthur was 23 years old and a Captain in the Hampshire Regiment, living at Rotherfield Park, Alton. Witnesses to the union were W Ferrand, Patricia M Scott, Geoffrey T Scott and William Harris(?) Scott. Oswald, served as 1st Secretary, Counsellor, Ambassador in Madrid, Baghdad, Lisbon, Finland and in the Foreign Office. In 1951 he was Knighted (KCMG)
Richard, their son, was born in the St Georges Hanover Square Registration District of London in the June Quarter of 1920 – one of four children.
During WWII he, like Henry, served in the King’s Royal Rifle Corps and became known as 95645, 2nd Lieutenant R O Scott. The men a few connections, both came from landed families and both had links to Eton College. While looking for snippets of information about Richard, I came across his brother – Thomas Roland Scott 4th April 1923 also served during the war. Thomas served as Flying Officer, 115515 in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. On 22nd of October 1942, he too was killed and he rests in Porthmadog Public Cemetery, Caernarvonshire, with 17 other casualties from both wars.
King’s Royal Rifle Corp Eton Memorial can be found here