Frederick George Scott (1861-1944) was born in Montreal in 1861. He studied theology at Bishop's College in Lennoxville, Quebec, and at King's College, London, and was ordained as an Anglican priest in Essex, England, in 1886. When he enlisted, soon after the outbreak of the First World War, in November 1914, he was well over fifty years old. He was made chaplain of the 1st Canadian Division, and served in England and France. He suffered a number of injuries and ailments during the war and was sent back to Canada in April 1919 after being declared unfit for further service. By this time he was 58 years old. After the war, he became chaplain of Canada's army and navy veterans.
F.G. Scott wrote many poems about his experience during the war, publishing over a dozen books of poetry, including In the Battle Silences: Poems Written at the Front. His memoir The Great War as I Saw It, published in 1922, begins, “It is with a feeling of great hesitation that I send out this account of my personal experiences in the Great War. As I read it over, I am dismayed at finding how feebly it suggests the bitterness and the greatness of the sacrifice of our men.” He was the father of the poet F.R. Scott, who helped found the New Democratic Party of Canada. F.G. Scott died in 1944 in Quebec City.
Service Record Details
Date of Birth: April 7, 1861
Date of Attestation: September 22, 1914
Age at Enlistment: 53 years, 8 months
Height: 5 feet, 11 1/2 inches
Description: Fair complexion, blue eyes, brown hair. Church of England.
Home Address: St. Matthew’s Rectory, Quebec City, Quebec
Trade: Clerk with Holy Orders
Details of Family: Wife, Amy Scott, living at St. Matthew’s Rectory, Quebec City, Quebec.
Next of Kin: Wife (Amy Scott)
Prior Military Service: Chaplain with 8th R.R. 1906
Branch of Service: Canadian Chaplain Services
Theatre of War: England, France
Casualties / Medical History
- October 5, 1918 – A form completed at Endsleigh Palace Hospital for Officers describes wounds he received in the thigh, calf and foot on September 29, 1918, in Cambrai, France, by an “exploding whizz-bang”. He was operated on and made a good recovery. (Page 20)
- December 1918 to February 1919 – On December 16, 1918, now 57 years old, he is admitted to the Canadian Red Cross Officers’ Hospital (Hotel Petrograd, North Audley Street, London) with a gunshot wound to the right leg. He is described as “thin” but “well nourished”, and tells the examining physician that he is considerably below his usual weight. By February 10 he is “walking about with a stick. (Pages 21-23)
- March 13, 1919 – There is an x-ray of his foot. (Pages 26-27)
- April 8, 1919 – He has partial loss of function in his right leg and foot. He states that he had “Trench fever”, a highly contagious disease transmitted by lice, in 1917. (Page 32-35)
Interesting Details from the Service Record
- August to September 1914 – He is chaplain for the 8th Regiment “Royal Rifles” (12th Battalion). (Page 54)
- February 1915 to November 1917 – In February 1915 he is attached to the No. 2 General Hospital for duty overseas. In August of that year he is made senior chaplain with the rank of honorary major. In January 1916 he is appointed a Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George. That May he is treated for lacerations to his face. He rejoins his unit in June. In April 1917 he is made temporary honorary lieutenant-colonel. That July he is granted 10 days’ leave to Paris. Soon after returning from leave, in August 1917, he is admitted to the No. 1 Canadian Field Ambulance with an injury to his left foot, and is discharged 10 days later. In November he takes 10 days’ leave in Rome. (Pages 7-8)
- 1917 to 1918 – He is mentioned in dispatches of The London Gazette in December 1917 (LG 30448), in May 1918 (LG 30706), and again in November 1918 when he is awarded the Distinguished Service Order (LG 30997). (Page 8)
- April 8, 1919 – He is declared unfit to serve due to his general condition after several injuries and is sent back to Canada. (Page 53)
- February 27, 1920 – He is struck off strength due to general demobilization. (Page 14)
The London Gazette
Military Medals Honours and Awards
1911 Census [PDF 1.18 MB]
In 1911, Frederick Scott (50) is living with his wife Amy (50), in Quebec Centre, Quebec. Their six children are: William (23), Henry (21), Mary (21), Elson (17), Francis (11) and Arthur (9). Henry is a law student and the other four sons are students, while Mary has no occupation. All family members are of English descent and all but Amy were born in Quebec; she was born in England and came to Canada in 1870. The family is Anglican. There are insurance policies for Frederick ($6000) and the eldest son, William ($1000).