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  • Christina Drummond

Captain George Jefferson Scott, 5th Battalion, the Yorkshire Regiment

Remembering the Fallen: on Christmas day in 1915, Captain George Jefferson Scott, 5th Battalion, the Yorkshire Regiment, was killed in action at Ypres.

After leaving school he worked as a bank clerk as well as having been a member of the Territorial Force. At the outbreak of the Great War he was with his battalion at its Scarborough headquarters when they were mobilized. They went to France in April of 1915; and later that year, after front line duty at Outtersteene, they travelled to Poperinghe and from there to the front line trenches in the Ypres Salient. It was during action that Christmas day that Captain Scott was killed.

After his death one of his colleagues wrote in the Green Howards’ Gazette: “Our loss is great. Several of us have lost a personal and sterling friend and the battalion one of its most popular and experienced officers. All he has done for the Volunteer Force in general and the battalion in particular will never be known for he invariably did things and said little”. Captain Scott was Mentioned in Despatches on the 1st of January, 1916. He is buried in the Poperinghe New Military Cemetery at West-Vlaanderen in Belgium.

George, from Market Weighton in Yorkshire, was 41 years old and married with a son.

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