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SCOTT, Aubrey William
(Service number 47366)

Aliases
First Rank Sapper Last Rank

Birth

Date Unknown Place of Birth

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment
Occupation Sawmiller
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin John SCOTT (father), Raukapuka, Geraldine
Religion
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 27th Reinforcements (First Draft) New Zealand Field Engineers
Date 12 June 1917
Transport Maunganui
Embarked From Wellington Destination Plymouth, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

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Biographical Notes

Aubrey SCOTT was born at Raukapuka Station. He was the son of Margaret Scott (nee Evans) and John Scott and had several sisters - Una, Nita,Edie, and Ivy.

Aubrey SCOTT’s granddaughter, Jane Watson, recounted:

“My mother Margaret June Scott who became Neilson, was one of his five children. She was the family historian who collected genealogical information on the family. His [Aubrey’s] wife was Mary Edith Scott nee Wooding. The children’s names were Graham, Margaret June, Audrey Geraldine, Malcolm and Shirley … My grandmother had four brothers, Cecil, Harold, George,and Maurice Wooding. They were farmers around the Geraldine and Woodbury area. There are still Scotts and Woodings around the Timaru and Woodbury area.

Aubrey came from a sawmilling family and when he returned from the war he worked at Orari Sawmill, probably owned by his father. There are still sawmills owned by Scotts throughout South Canterbury, including one in Timaru. When he married he at some time started his own sawmill at Rakaia, just over the river. He drove his vehicle there from Burnham. He kept meticulous records of his sawmill payments and men who worked of which I hold the historic books. He was a faithful member with his wife, of the earliest rural church on the plains, the little chapel at Burnham camp. The early ministers came there, such as A.P. Harper. My mother remembered the minister often came to lunch. They had wonderful family get-togethers and picnics on New Year’s days. My Grandmother was obviously a good cook as she was often giving out her food in photos on the picnics in the early 1920s …

[Aubrey] took photos on his trip to the war, but like so many never spoke of it. He would not allow his daughter Audrey to train as a nurse, perhaps he knew the horrors of what the nurses in the war had to bear. He kept scrupulous records of the finances at the Burnham church. His life was very busy running the sawmill and his diaries show that even Saturdays were full of jobs and accounting tasks. He was a much loved father of my mother who always said what a good man her father was. When he passed away so young at 60 years old of bowel cancer, it was a sad thing…

[Aubrey was ] a sapper who perhaps built excellent ladders (being a sawmiller) and went ahead of the army to clear the way for others to follow in battle. A good and loyal man who served his community well.”

Sources

Cenotaph Database [08 August 2013]; SCRoll web submission from J Watson, 24 April 2015

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