Albert Victor Scott

Service:                Army

Rank:                    Lance Corporal

Service No:           19595

Unit:                     9th Bn., Welsh Regiment

 Albert was born in St George, Bristol in 1894.  He was the third child of Frank & Ellen Scott, his father was a mason. In 1901 the family were living at Thurstons Barton, Crofts End Road, Bristol. By the time of the 1911 census Albert was employed as a labourer. Early in 1914 Albert married Ada Bateman in Merthyr Tydfil, Glamorganshire. Ada & Albert lived at 6 Maldowers ,Lane Whiteway Road Bristol.

9th (Service) Battalion The Welsh Regiment was raised at Cardiff on the 9th of September 1914 as part of Kitchener's Second New Army and joined 58th Brigade, 19th (Western) Division. This Division was established by the Western Command in September 1914, as part of the Army Orders authorising Kitchener's Second New Army, K2. Early days were somewhat chaotic, the new volunteers having very few trained officers and NCOs to command them, no organised billets or equipment. The units of the Division initially concentrated in the Bulford area with the infantry being at Tidworth, Ludgershall and Grately. The battalions moved into billets for the winter, in Andover, Whitchurch, Basingstoke and Weston-super-Mare. In March 1915 all units concentrated near Tidworth.The Division was inspected by King George V on 23 June 1915. Advanced parties left for France on 11 July and the main body crossed the English Channel 16-21 July. Units initially moved to the point of assembly near St Omer.The Division served on the Western Front for the remainder of the war, taking part in many of the significant actions.

The Battle of Albert (1–13 July 1916), comprised the first two weeks of Anglo-French offensive operations in the Battle of the Somme. The Allied preparatory artillery bombardment commenced on 24 June and the Anglo-French infantry attacked on 1 July, on the south bank from Foucaucourt to the Somme and from the Somme north to Gommecourt, 2 miles (3.2 km) beyond Serre. The French Sixth army and the right wing of the British Fourth Army inflicted a considerable defeat on the German Second Army but from the Albert-Bapaume road to Gommecourt the British attack was a disaster, where most of the c. 60,000 British casualties of the day were incurred. Against Marshal Joffre's wishes, General Sir Douglas Haig abandoned the offensive north of the road, to reinforce the success in the south, where the Anglo-French forces pressed forward through several intermediate lines, until close to the German second position.

It is likely that it was during this battle that Albert Scott was killed in action (7th July 1916).

Albert has no known grave and is remembered with honour on the Thiepval Memorial Pier & Face 7A and 10 A.

Image by Doug Crew.

Albert was awarded The British War Medal &  The Victory Medal.

References

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

The Long Long Trail

1901 & 1911 UK household census

Wikipedia.