On this day in 1918, Jim Scott (1893-1918) died of wounds sustained in action in the Great War.
Jim, a corporal in the 1/4th Battalion of the Leicestershire Regiment, lost his life on October 3, 1918 after taking part in an attack on the German Hindenburg Line. He was 24.
His battalion – part of the 46th (North Midland) Division – were fighting in the Battle of the Beaurevoir Line when he was fatally wounded.
With trenches protected by barbed-wire entanglements and concrete machine-gun bunkers, it was the last of the German defences on the Hindenburg Line.
Jim was buried at Vadencourt British Cemetery at Maissemy, France.
He is also remembered on Peterborough War Memorial.
Born on November 15, 1893 in Orton Longueville, Huntingdonshire, Jim was the son of Simon Whitlock Scott (1855-1933) and Eliza Ann Woods (1861-1893). In 1911, he was a farm labourer, living at Orton Longueville.
Jim’s brother, Robert Scott (1886-1966) married Eva Mary Sambrook (1892- 1983) on July 19, 1916 at Hinstock, Shropshire. Eva’s sister, Jessie Sambrook (1894-1980) married Horace William Chick Arscott (1903-1991) on April 3, 1923 in Hinstock. Horace was the son of Henry Arscott (1855-1928) and Mary Chick (1861-1951). Henry was the son of Hugh Arscott (1809- 1878), the brother of John Arscott (1807-1979), my great-great grandfather.
Vadencourt British Cemetery, where Jim was buried. Pictured on August 16, 2018 by Rene Hourdry (CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons). https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Vadancourt_2.jpg