Scott, Kenneth Bertram
Ken Scott was the fifth and youngest son of the Honourable Osmund Scott (H 1889-93) and Mary Cecilia Scott. Two of his brothers were Major H.E. Scott (H 1920-1926, Royal West Kent Regiment, taken prisoner August 1943) and Captain A.D. Scott (H 1924-1928, Royal Engineers). He came to Culver’s Close from the Grange, Crowborough, in January 1929; he very quickly justified his high reputation as a cricketer, playing for Lords in 1933 and 1934. His Wisden obituary described him as follows: “A medium-paced right-hand bowler, he used the in-swinger with effect when at Winchester, particularly in 1934, and also batted well…”
He became a School Prefect in 1933 and left for Trinity College, Oxford, in the following year. There he took a degree in History and gained his Cricket Blue in 1937. Golf, however, was his game – he not only became captain of the University team but played for England against Scotland and Wales and only narrowly missed selection for the Walker Cup team.
In 1937 he married Miss Denise Clark of Tadworth, Surrey. The couple had one son.
He had taken a commission in the Queen’s Own Royal West Kent Regiment and was sent out to Tunisia with 6th Battalion. They moved swiftly towards Tunis. They distinguished themselves by holding the cross roads at Djebel Abiod for four days against an armoured column. After being halted in their advance at Green Hill (Djebel Azzag) on 30th November where Scott’s battalion lost 11 officers and 150 other ranks, they fought a hard action at Djebel bou Diss, where Scott was awarded the MC. The recommendation for the award read: “On 13.4.43 Captain Scott was in command of ‘D’ Company in the attack on Bou Diss. When halfway to the objective, his Company came under heavy machine-gun and mortar fire. Captain Scott immediately rushed to the front of his Company and despite heavy enemy fire led his Company to the top of the hill. When on the objective, the Company again came under heavy fire from field guns and mortars. Captain Scott, again with great coolness and skill, reorganised what remained of his Company and due to his efforts an enemy counterattack which came in the following morning was repulsed. Throughout the operation his coolness and courage was an inspiration to all those serving with him.” His Brigadier endorsed the recommendation and his MC was gazetted on 15th June 1943. In September that year he was mentioned in despatches for his services in Tunisia.
After the Tunisian campaign ended 6QORWK took part in the invasion of Sicily where their advance up the east coast was stopped at Centuripe, where the fighting continued for two days amongst loose rocks and steep gorges. The town was taken and Scott’s battalion pressed on to capture and hold Monte Rivoglia.
Scott was killed by a shell during this attack on 9th August 1943. Aged 27 he held the rank of Major and commanded D Company of his battalion. He is buried in grave IV.J.15 of Catania War Cemetery, Sicily.
- Surname: Scott
- Forenames or initials: Kenneth Bertram
- House: H
- Years in School: 1929-1934
- Rank: Major
- Regiment: Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment
- Date of Birth: 17th August 1917
- Date of Death: 9th August 1943
- How Died: Killed in Action
- Location in War Cloister: Inner G1
- Decoration: MC
- Burial Site: Catania War Cemetery, Sicily: Grave IV.J.15