Seeking Sapper Scott

Families and Friends of the First AIF member, Sandra Greenshields, is researching the military career of her maternal grandfather Sapper Charles John Scott (No.4319) who served with the 15th Field Company Engineers.

Photo: Sapper Charles John Scott MM [Family collection]

Sapper Scott was awarded the Military Medal for his role as company runner during the battle for St Quentin Canal.

The citation reads:
For meritorious service and devotion to duty. Near BELLICOURT from 29/9/18 to 1/10/18, this Sapper acted as a runner between his section Officer in the line and Company Commander. He maintained communication when all other means were stopped and although suffering from the effects of gas, he manfully carried on his duty. It was largely owing to his [????] efforts that communication was so successfully maintained throughout the operations.

Sapper Scott was presented with his medal by General Sir William Birdwood on 24 January 1920 in Ballarat Victoria.

Photo: Service Medals of Sapper Charles Scott MM [Family Collection]

Sandra says “Sadly, our family does not have any photographs of this event. If anyone has copies or recommendations of research resources, I would be enormously grateful.”

Sandra can be contacted by emailing

A quick search on the internet by the web manager has revealed the following photo from Picture Australia showing General Sir William Birdwood visiting H.V. McKay Pty Ltd, Farm Equipment and Field Trials, Sunshine, Victoria.

The caption on the page reads:
 General Sir William Birdwood & Brig General Brand
Visit 28th January


The Families and Friends of the First AIF thanks the Australian, UK and French Governments for affording Australian and British soldiers dignified individual reburials in the new CWGC cemetery at Fromelles, and applauds the Australian and British Governments for their joint decision to DNA test the remains at exhumation and use every reasonable method to attempt identification of each soldier.

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