An Old Coathamian – Not Forgotten

Francis Sherwood SCOTT

Lieutenant, 3rd and 1st Battalions,
King’s Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry).

Born 15 May 1895,
Died 17 October 1918, aged 23 years.

Buried in Highland Cemetery, Le Cateau,
Nord, France, Grave III.F.18.

Le Cateau, which had been in German hands since the early days of the War, was the scene of very heavy fighting in October 1918, when it was retaken by Allied forces. Lieutenant Scott lost his life in this operation. His is one of 624 Commonwealth graves in this cemetery.

Francis Sherwood Scott was the son of John Thomas Scott and Isabel Scott of Collins Close, South Road, Norton, Stockton-on-Tees. He and his sister Hilda were both baptised on 26 June 1895, and Census records give them the same age. Francis’s father was a land agent and auctioneer ‘in his own right’ and Francis had previously attended Silcoates School in Wakefield. He came to Coatham Grammar School as a boarder, aged nearly 15, in September 1910. At that time his sister Hilda was also away at boarding school, in Eastbourne. He stayed only four terms at Coatham, until December 1912, but during that time made a name for himself as a sportsman, being a distance runner, playing for the cricket team and the 1st XI football team, where it was noted that he had “an unlimited amount of pluck”. The school Register records him as becoming a farmer on leaving school. He volunteered to join the Army and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in April 1915, going to France later that year. His parents were still living in Norton at the time of his death.