Charles William Scott was born in Oakham in Spring of 1897, the only son and youngest child of Walter Alexander and Ada Annie Scott. He had three sisters. His parents were born and brought up in the town, but by 1901, the census shows the family had moved to Skegness. Ada Scott died in 1904, when Charles was just 7 years old. By 1911, the census has him living with his uncle John Miles, in Station House in Thorney in Cambridgeshire. He first joined the Cambridgeshire Regiment but later transferred to the 5th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment. He was injured during the Battle of the Somme and died on 13 November 1916 aged 19. His battalion at this time was in support trenches near Martinpuich while heavy fighting was taking place at the Butte de Warlencourt and the German Gird system of trenches. Charles is buried in Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension, grave IV.A.8. He is remembered on Thorney's war memorial in the Abbey Church but is not on Oakham's war memorial and is not listed in George Phillips' Rutland and the Great War. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission records his parents as being from Oakham.
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