The View From Fogo Island

Benson Hewitt
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Private Maxwell Scott, World War I

In 1881 the Twillingate Sun wrote that Robert Scott was one of the principal mercantile gentlemen in Fogo.

In 1881 the Twillingate Sun wrote that Robert Scott was one of the principal mercantile gentlemen in Fogo.

His family home was what is now the home of Nash and Donna Miller, and his premises – shop, stores, waterfront, were in the same vicinity. He died in 1913, and his obit in a St. John’s paper said that he was ‘over 80’. Thus, he was born c. 1883, and to the best of my knowledge in Scotland. In 1866 he married Mary Lucas. She may have died early in the marriage because when he died his wife’s name was Elizabeth, and it seems that she was the mother of their four children. One of these was Maxwell who was born in Fogo in 1892. This piece is about him.

During the latter part of 1916 with the World War now raging, he, at the age of 24 and most likely working in his father’s store as a clerk, decided that he wanted to do his part and decided to enlist. On January 2, 1917, having ascertained by his signature that he was willing to be enlisted for General Service for the duration of the war, was given the number 3379.

His medical history indicated only that he had been vaccinated three years previously, and that he had no scars. He gave as his next of kin his mother, Elizabeth Scott.

His statement of services showed that on the 31st of January, 1917 he embarked on the SS Florizel to Windsor, N.S.. From there on the 11th of June he embarked for Southampton, England, and disembarked at Rouen, France, 12/6/17. He then joined the Newfoundland Battalion 2/7/17, which would have been a little over two weeks later.

On his Company Conduct Sheet it showed several minor misdemeanors;  on 11/5/17 that he was unshaven on parade and given two days C.B. and on the 21/5/17 he was also given two days C.B for failing to salute an officer. (Both of these incidents took place before sailing overseas.)

Geographic location: Fogo Island, Scotland, Windsor Southampton England Rouen France Newfoundland West Wind

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