Scott, Lieutenant William Norman Eric

No 69 (Australian) Sqn RFC

William Scott came from Elsternwick, Victoria, where he was born on 15 August 1894. An Electrical Engineer, he served for two years in the 19th Field Battery of the AMF. He joined the 4th Battery, Australian Field Artillery, in Melbourne on his 20th birthday. He left from Melbourne on HMAT A9 Shropshire on 20 October 1914. The 4th Battery landed at Anzac Cove on 25 April 1915. In January 1916 he was briefly hospitalised with meningitis in Egypt, before rejoining his battery on the Western Front in March. In April 1917 he was selected for a transfer to the AFC, where he was commissioned as an observer in June 1917 and posted to No 69 (Australian) Sqn in France in August. Promotion to Lieutenant came in September.

He was killed in an aircraft accident at Ballieul on 2 December 1917 while flying in RE 8 A3755, flown by Capt Henry Storrer, who was also killed. A strong wind was blowing as the aeroplane took off from Ballieul (Town Ground) Aerodrome on an artillery observation mission and, as Capt Storrer turned to avoid a line of trees, a sudden squall turned the RE 8 upside down so that it crashed onto the stone wall of Ballieul Cemetery .

Lt W N E Scott is buried in Grave III F 47 at Ballieul Communal Cemetery Extension, France.

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