Scott, Basil John Harrison


The elder son of Dr. John Harrison Scott of Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin; his mother was Isabella Scott (daughter of John Henry Durham).  His younger brother, Sidney Maurice Scott, who went to Eton, was killed in action serving as a Second Lieutenant with 1st Coldstream Guards at Ginchy on September 15th 1916.

He was born in Dublin and was with Mr E F Johns at Winton House, Winchester, before coming to the College. He was an excellent rifle shot and passed out of Sandhurst in 1913. He was gazetted on 3rd September 1913 to 2nd Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment, joining fellow Chawkerite, Captain Arthur Kilby, who would go on to win the MC and then a posthumous VC on 25th September 1915 (see individual entry). They were in Aldershot when war broke out and left for France on 12th August. They saw action for the first time at Harmignies on 23rd August and then joined the Retreat from Mons. On 20th September the battalion went into the trenches at Soupir, and from then on they rotated in and out of the line until they were posted to Strazelle, near Ypres on 20th October. He was killed during severe fighting to retake the advanced trenches at Pilckem. His name appeared in despatches in February 1915 (the same day as Kilby’s first mention) and he is commemorated on panels 35 and 37 of the Menin Gate Memorial.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Scott
  • Forenames or initials: Basil John Harrison
  • House: F
  • Years in School: 1908-1910
  • Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
  • Regiment: South Staffordshire Regiment
  • Date of Birth: 10th May 1894
  • Date of Death: 23rd October 1914
  • How Died: Killed in Action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer E6
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Unknown but commemorated on Panels 35 and 37 of the MENIN GATE MEMORIAL, YPRES