Private Francis Robert Jackson Scott


Francis Robert Jackson Scott was born on 1 May 1892 at 14 Elbana Street, Belfast, the second of four children of bookkeeper (later pianoforte warehouseman) Robert Scott and his wife Lizzette (née Jackson). By the time of the 1911 Census he was living in Hughenden Avenue, Belfast, with his parents and siblings, and working as a clerk.

Scott enlisted in the North Irish Horse on 2 September 1916 (No.2261 – later Corps of Hussars No.71725). He was working as a book-keeper at the time and living at 17 Glandore Avenue. On 3 February 1917 he married Florence Sarah Craig in the Mountpottinger Methodist Church, Belfast.

Scott trained at the regiment's Antrim reserve camp before embarking for France at some point in 1917. There he was posted to one of the squadrons of the 1st North Irish Horse Regiment. This regiment served as corps cavalry to VII, XIX, then V Corps from its establishment in May 1916 until February-March 1918, when it was dismounted and converted to a cyclist unit.

By then, however, Scott had returned to the UK, probably either sick or injured. On 22 February 1918 he was discharged, being 'no longer physically fit for war service' (paragraph 392 (xvi), King's Regulations).

After the war Scott lived at 8 Castleton Terrace, Antrim Road, Belfast, and later, at 39 Fellows Road, London, NW3. At the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 28 Kingshill Drive, Kenton, Harrow, Middlesex, and working as a 'radio traveller'.