SCOTT, Aubrey William
(Service number 47366)
|First Rank||Sapper||Last Rank|
|Date||16 August 1892||Place of Birth||Woodbury, Geraldine|
|Address at Enlistment|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||John SCOTT (father), Raukapuka, Geraldine|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||New Zealand Expeditionary Force|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||27th Reinforcements (First Draft) New Zealand Field Engineers|
|Date||12 June 1917|
|Embarked From||Wellington||Destination||Plymouth, England|
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Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
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|Where Captured and by Whom|
|Actions Prior to Capture|
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Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
|Date||15 November 1959||Age|
|Place of Death||Burnham, Canterbury|
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|New Zealand Memorials|
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.”
Cenotaph Database [08 August 2013]; SCRoll web submission from J Watson, 24 April 2015
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