Alexander Scott

Military Information

  • Date of enlistment:
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  • Service no: 232696
  • Rank: Leading Seaman
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  • Regiment/Service: H.M. Submarine K-4
  • Unit/Ship: Royal Navy
  • Place of Death: Perth War Hospital?
  • Age at Death: 29
  • Date of Death: 31.01.1918
  • Burial Country: Scotland
  • Cemetery: Dundee Eastern Necropolis
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: M.M. 5. 379

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth: 02.12.1888
  • Place of Birth: Aberdeen
  • Address: 36 Victoria St, Dundee
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  • Father:
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  • Spouse:

    Elizabeth Keay Scott, 36 Victoria St, Dundee

  • Children:

    Alexander, born 14.01.1915 & Robert, born 05.11.1916

More about Alexander Scott

Alexander died at Perth War Hospital (according to C.W.G.C. records) on the same day as his Submarine K-4 was lost with all hands in a collision in the River Forth when she was taking part in an exercise, this disaster became known as the Battle of May Island. The attached newspaper obit contradicts the information on C.W.G.C. site and would suggest that Alexander was lost in the Battle of May Island disaster.

Alexander Scott    232696 Royal Navy

SCOTT—Drowned at sea, on January 31st, Alexander Scott, leading seaman, H.M.S______, beloved husband of Elizabeth Keay.  Funeral from 36 Victoria Street on Thursday at 3. Naval funeral. All friends invited.

Dundee Evening Telegraph 6th February 1918

Alexander Scott was born in Aberdeen and was the husband of Mrs Elizabeth (nee Keay) Scott of 36 Victoria Street, Dundee. He joined the Royal Navy in October 1904 after working as a Porter. He trained onboard HMS Caledonia, moored in the River Forth and later at HMS Ganges at Shotley, Suffolk. His sea service included HM Ships Hogue, Essex, Hibernia and Blake before transferring to the submarine service in 1911. Alexander Scott was one of two men killed when HM Submarine K22 collided with K14 during a night Fleet deployment in the River Forth. HMS Submarines K4 and K17 were also sunk to in the incident and a total of 108 men were lost. His body was recovered and Alexander Scott is buried in the Dundee Eastern Necropolis and is named on the Harris Academy Roll of Honour. There is also a Memorial to the incident at Anstruther in Fife.

Information supplied by Gary Thomson, additional information kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell. Further additional info supplied by Ian Stewart & Ian Birnie. Grave marker image courtesy of sean phin,

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