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Robert Francis Coghill Scott

Portrait of R. F. C. Scott. Auckland Grammar School chronicle. 1917, v.5, n.2. Image has no known copyright restrictions.

Portrait of R. F. C. Scott. Auckland Grammar School chronicle. 1917, v.5, n.2. Image has no known co …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Robert Francis Coghill AWMM
  • Surname
    Scott AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 10/2482 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    24 February 1891 AWMM AWMM
    Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 13 March 1915 AWMM Kingsview Road, Mount Eden, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs I. Scott (mother), Kingsview Road, Mount Eden, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 14 August 1915 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • 1915-1916 Gallipoli AWMM
    • Armentieres AWMM
    • Somme AWMM
    • Messines AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 10/2482 AWMM
  • Military service
    • 4 years as school cadet AWMM
    • Served with the Highland Rifle Volunteers, 3 Auckland Infantry Battalion (Countess of Ranfurly's Own), 1909-1912 AWMM
    • Transferred to Post & Telegraph Corps and appointed 2nd Lieutenant, 31 October 1912 AWMM
    • New Zealand Post & Telegraph Corps AWMM
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • 1914-1915 Star AWMM
    • British War Medal (1914-1920) AWMM
    • Victory Medal with oak leaf AWMM
    • Mentioned in Despatches (MiD) AWMM
      MiD citation: "Operations, British Front, Armentieres 7th May to 7th August and the Somme 18th to 19th September 1915. This Officer has done remarkable good work as commander of a company during the last six months. He is full of energy and determination , and a first rate leader of men. During the attack on Flers on the 15th September, Captain Scott showed great dash and boldness in leading his men and pushing out to a forward position where he was wounded." (London Gazette, 4 January 1917, p261, Rec No 367) AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 13 March 1915 AWMM
    Age 24 AWMM
    Postal clerk/Civilian AWMM
    EpsomAuckland AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 feet 10 inches AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Brown AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Black AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Wounded in action on the Somme, 16 September 1916 AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Wounded in action at Messines on 9 June 1917, received a fractured skull AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWI AWMM
      Sent to No 2 Casualty Clearing Station and died later that day AWMM
    • Died of wounds, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of Captain Edward John Scott (Master Mariner) and Isabella Scott, of 8 Kingsview Road, Mount Eden, Auckland.

    Three sons, brothers served in WW1: Arthur Tennyson Scott (12/243) kia; Robert Francis Coghill Scott (10/2482) died of wounds and Charles Edward Scott (57438) who returned home. Their brother inlaw Rupert Cyril Moore (44943) was also killed.

    Educated at Auckland Grammar School.

    Appointed Lieutenant with 6th Reinforcements on 12 August 1915

    Auckland Grammar School Magazine Chronicle, Third Term 1917: "Captain Robert Francis Scott, who died of wounds after the action at Messines, was the son of the late Captain E.J. Scott and Mrs. Scott, of Kings View Road, Mt Eden. He came to us from Epsom School, and was in the Middle Third of 1904, and in the Lower Fourth of 1905. After leaving school he was employed in the Post Office Savings Bank at Auckland, and afterwards at New Plymouth. He held a commission in the Post and Telegraph Corps, and was formerly a member of the Highland Rifles. On the outbreak of war he was placed in charge of the cable on Muriwai Beach, where he remained until he joined the Expeditionary Force as Second Lieutenant, being promoted to a First Lieutenancy before leaving New Zealand. He saw service at Gallipoli, and was present at the Evacuation, and later in Egypt received his Captaincy. While serving on the Somme he was wounded, and mentioned in despatches, and was for a period acting-major. His brother Arthur left with the Main Body, and was wounded: and his remaining brother, C.E. Scott, is serving at the front." AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    9 June 1917 AWMM
    Age 26 AWMM
    FranceEurope AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, France AWMM III. C. 106. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Obituary: Auckland Grammar School Magazine Chronicle, Third Term 1917 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • Family grave memorial, Waikaraka Cemetery, 1 Alfred Street, Onehunga, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Auckland Grammar School War Memorial, New Zealand AWMM
    • Roll of Honour, Epsom Presbyterian Church, 10 Gardner Road, Epsom, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories AWMM
    • Marivare Reserve, corner of Manukau and Ranfurly Roads, Epsom, Auckland AWMM

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  • External links
  • References
    • Military Personnel file AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      Vol1: 648 AWMM
    • Auckland Grammar School Chronicle. Auckland, N.Z.: Auckland Grammar School. AWMM
      1917, Third term. p.13. AWMM
    • Auckland Grammar School Chronicle. Auckland, N.Z.: Auckland Grammar School. AWMM
      Obituary: Third Term 1917 AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2020). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-5). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 2: Includes portrait AWMM
    • Connolly, A., & Stanes, P. Rememberance: Auckland Grammar School Great War Roll of Honour. Vols 1 & 2. Auckland: Petand Prodctions. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
    • Roll of Honour, Auckland Province (digital copy), 1914 - 1919. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS-2016-2. AWMM

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