Private Frederick Scott


This North Irish Horseman was probably the Thomas Frederick Scott born on 12 May 1893 at Drumiller, Dromore, County Down, the only child of Mary Scott. By the time of the 1911 Census he was living in Meeting Street, Dromore, with his mother and step-father, car driver Robert John Elliott, and employed as a dye worker in a factory.

Scott enlisted in the North Irish Horse between 25 and 27 November 1915 (No.1977). He trained at the regiment's Antrim reserve camp before embarking for France in 1916 or the first half of 1917, where he was posted to one of the squadrons of the 1st or 2nd North Irish Horse Regiments.

In August-September 1917 the 2nd NIH Regiment was disbanded and its men, together with some surplus to the needs of the 1st NIH Regiment, were transferred to the Royal Irish Fusiliers, an infantry regiment. Most, including Scott, were transferred on 20 September and posted to the 9th (Service) Battalion – renamed the 9th (North Irish Horse) Battalion – joining it in the field at Ruyaulcourt five days later. Scott was issued regimental number 41468.

It is probable that at some point in the next six months he returned to the UK, either sick or injured. In June or July 1918 he was posted to the newly-former 11th Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers, which embarked for France on 31 July. At the end of the following month the 11th Battalion was disbanded and the men, including Scott, were absorbed into the 5th Battalion.

Scott remained with that battalion until the end of the war.