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1st/5th Battalion Gordon Highlanders

William Leslie Scott.

  Lieut. William Scott

Lieutenant 1/5 Battn. (Territorial), The Gordon Highlanders, was the elder son of William Leslie Scott, Solicitor, and Mrs Scott, Willowbank, parish of Peterhead, Aberdeenshire.  
He was born at Peterhead on 24th December 1892 and was educated partly at Peterhead Academy.  He afterwards proceeded to the University of Aberdeen where he was studying medicine when the War with the Central Empires broke out. 
For about a year prior to the outbreak of the War he was in the Aberdeen University Detachment of the Royal Army Medical Corps, from which he transferred to join the Aberdeen University O.T.C, with which he was in Camp on Salisbury Plain in July 1914.

He received a commission as 2nd Lieutenant in the 2/5th Battalion The Gordon Highlanders in November 1914, and shortly afterwards was transferred to the 1/5th Battalion, in which he was promoted temporary Lieutenant in April 1915, just before that Battalion joined the British Expeditionary Force in France, being subsequently confirmed in his rank. 

Lieutenant Scott was killed at Festubert on 16th June 1915.  He was Officer in Charge of Bomb-throwers, and was leading his men along a communication trench between the British and German firing lines, to attack the latter, when a bomb or shell exploded in the trench, killing him instantly. 

He was buried behind the British lines near Festubert.

Clutterbuck, The Bond of sacrifice 

See also In Memorium, the Aberdeen university Roll of Honour of past Students and Staff

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