Scott, Henry Hutton

Capt. Harry H. Scott
Capt. Harry H. Scott. Photo courtesy Veterans Affairs Canada.

Captain, Canadian Infantry, 87th Battalion

Born April 6, 1890
Died October 21, 1916

Son of Canon Frederick George Scott and Amy Brooks of Montreal. Frederick George Scott (B.A., 1881; M.A., 1884; D.C.L., honorary, 1902) also graduated from Bishop's, as did Henry Scott's two brothers, the Rev. Elton Scott and Francis "Frank" Reginald Scott. Elton and Frank were Rhodes Scholars in 1917 and 1920, respectively. (The Mitre, 1957, p.9)

Received his B.A. in 1911; later received his B.C.L. from McGill in 1914

"Harry" was Class Valedictorian. He said of Bishop’s, in his speech dated June 22, 1911:

“We have all enjoyed our stay here and we shall always look back upon it as the happiest time of our lives.”

A full transcription of Harry’s valedictory address can be found on pages 10-11 of The Mitre, June 1911.

Vice-President of the Hockey Club, Secretary-Treasurer ad team member of the Cricket Club, Director and committee member of the Golf Club, and Senior Curator of the Reading Room. (The Mitre, October 1909, p.24-25)

Acted as the Athletic Editor for The Mitre from 1910-1911 (The Mitre, October 1910, p.8; December 1910, p.5; February 1911, p.14; March 1911, p.16). Harry is pictured along with The Mitre staff on the first page of the June Convocation issue in 1911.

Played for the Rugby (Football) team (The Mitre, October 1910, p.18; December 1910, p.5)

Captain of the Hockey Club, Secretary-Treasurer  and Director of the Golf Club, and committee member of the Cricket Club, and played with the Basketball Club (The Mitre, October 1910, p.25; March 1911, p.28, 30)

Quite the runner, Harry was the winner of the 440 yard, half-mile, and mile races on Sports Day in 1910. He ran the first in 64 seconds, the half-mile in 2 minutes, 34 seconds, and the mile in 5 minutes, 44 seconds (The Mitre, December 1910, p.25). He was also that year’s winner of the Dunn Cup Road Race.

Served in France, and was killed in action at the capture of Regina Trench.

Lt. Canon F. G. ScottHarry’s father, Frederick George Scott (pictured right) served as a senior chaplain with the First Canadian Division. After the Canadians later took and held the Trench, Canon Scott’s duties brought him to the front lines where Harry fell. A short article published December 1st, 1916 in the Toronto Star recounts Canon Scott’s subsequent search for his son’s remains among the “hastily made graves” on the front lines. The article ends:

“Finally he found young Scott, and with fatherly tenderness carried him back to a quiet resting place behind the lines. There with his own hands he erected a cross and offered up a prayer to the God of battles. Brave father and brave son were united again for a brief moment.” (Veterans Affairs Canada)

Scott tells of his experience in his book, The Great War As I Saw It (1922). Alexander McClintock, who assisted Scott in finding his son’s body, also writes of it in Best O’Luck (1917).

Photo of Canon F. G. Scott courtesy The Canadian War Museum.

Burial Information

Brandhoek Military Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium

Grave reference II. H. 23.

Resources

Veterans Affairs Canada