Gordon Meredith ScottMC MD was born at Harrow, Middlesex, England, son of Sir William Scott and Val (Meredith) Scott. He attended primary school in Harrow and then moved with his parents to Bryansburn House, Bangor, County Down, Ireland. When WW 2 broke out in 1939, Scott was a medical student at Queen's University, Belfast, Ireland.
After officers training, he was commissioned into the 1st East Riding Yeomanry. After going on embarkation leave, he was posted to Cairo, Egypt and joined the Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry. They were sent home from Italy, but Scott stayed in Italy with the 10th Royal Hussars, part of the 2nd Armoured Brigade.
As a result of the Allied success following their landings in Sicily, Benito Mussolini was overthrown, but the Germans seized control of Italy and it was the German troops who the Allies faced in their advance northward on the Italian mainland.
The British Eighth Army and the First Canadian Division invaded the Italian mainland across the Straits of Messina of Reggio on September 3, 1943 and begun moving northward. By the end of November a stalemate had developed along the Allies Italian Front.
Counting time during both the Sicily and the mainland Italy Campaign, Captain Scott of the 2nd Armoured Brigade remembers living in a Sherman tank, as a tank commander, for two years, driving with up to four other soldiers at a time, across the war torn Italian countryside.
He faced mine fields, Nazi snipers and Panzer tanks as he made his way through gutted villages. At least 20 fellow officers were shot down before his eyes, including one of his best friends."He was in front of me one minute, sticking his head out of the top of the tank and telling people what to do, then he got shot by a sniper", said Scott.
For Scott, the ghastly ordeal came to a head on April 18, 1945, when his tank troop came under fire in in the village of Chiesa El Bando, southeast of Verona.
While Scott and the troop were out of the tank, inspecting the area for mines, one of Scott’s men took a bullet in the chest. Scott pulled the fallen soldier along with him as he ran for cover, saving the young man. but not before a mortar bomb exploded, sending burning fragments tearing into Scott’s arm.
Nearly bleeding to death, Scott blacked out and woke up inside a school, lying beside other wounded soldiers. A padre handing out cigarettes passed him by, because he was covered in blood and the padre thought he was dead. Scott recovered and was awarded theMilitary Cross (MC) for his bravery and courage in passing on vital information to his superiors though seriously wounded.
After the war, Captain Scott completed amedical degree (MD) and spent his postwar years as a country doctor, caring for the people of St. Thomas, Ontario.
He married Rosemary Emma Wright and they had three children; Sheila Meredith, Grahame, and Moira.