Ernest Ronald Scott
6888A Pte. Ernest Ronald Scott was born in April 1892 in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England to John Scott a pharmacist and Catherine Scott. He was the youngest of seven children.
He embarked for Australia on the S.S. Benalla on 15th September 1913. His occupation on the passenger list was chemist. In the 1914 census he was a farm hand at Cowes working for farmer Ernest Moore on his property on Settlement Road.
Ernest enlisted with the 20/22nd Battalion at Cowes on 9th July 1917. After training at Broadmeadows and the Domain he embarked on HMAT Nestor on 21st November 1917. He disembarked at Suez, Egypt on 15th December 1917 for the Australian Camp at Suez for further training.
He embarked from Port Said on RMS Kashgar on 9th January, and dis-embarked at Taranto, Italy on the 20th then went by train to Cherbourg.
Here he embarked on the PS Monas Queen on 31st January, arriving at Southampton on 2nd February.
He went straight to the 6th Training Battalion at Fovant and transferred to the 5th Training Battalion on 22nd April also at Fovant.
He proceeded overseas to France via Folkstone on 6th May and marched in to Etaples on the 7th.He was taken on strength with the 22nd Battalion in the field on 11th May.
On the 19th May he was wounded in action with a gunshot wound to the back during the attack on Ville-Sur-Ancre and admitted to the Casualty Clearing Station. He was admitted to the 21st General Hospital at Etaples on 31st May and invalided to the UK on 2nd June.He returned to Australia on 21st July 1918 on HT Boonah.
Ron married Ida Moore at the Registry Office in Melbourne on 6th September 1933. The Registrar was Percy Filmore Clarke, son of the writer Marcus Clarke. Ron was an accountant by this time and worked for the Shire of Phillip Island.
Ron died on 20th July 1947 at the Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital and was buried at the Fawkner Cemetery.
Ernest Ronald Scott is commemorated in the Phillip Island RSL Book of Honour, the Phillip Island Roll of Honour and St Philip’s Church Roll of Honor.