Claude Douglas Scott, who had emigrated to Canada, was one of eight Scott brothers from Oakham to fight in the First World War. His brother Charles also died, shortly after being discharged from the army because of ill health caused by injuries on the front line. Their father Joseph Scott was manager of Barclays Bank in Oakham, and all eight sons attended Oakham School. Joseph received a letter from Buckingham Palace congratulating him on the first seven of the eight sons enlisting: "Sir, I have the honour to inform you that the King has heard with much interest that you have at the present moment seven sons serving in His Majesty's Forces. I am commanded to express to you the King's congratulations and to assure you that His Majesty much appreciates the spirit of patriotism which prompted this example, in one family, of loyalty and devotion to their Sovereign and Empire." Claude, who was born in Kettering, emigrated to Canada in 1910 and worked as a salesman. He also served in the militia, in the North West Mounted Police (Strathcona Horse). He attested for the Canadian army on 22 December 1914 in Winnipeg and came over with the 32nd Battalion 3rd Canadian Army Corps. Claude served as Sergeant on the staff of Canadian HQ until his death from pneumonia on 30 November 1915. He was 25 and is buried in Kensal Green Cemetery in London, grave 173.8, and remembered in Oakham School Chapel. He left a widow, Ethel Ellen Scott.
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