The First World War
Officers of The Royal Canadian Regiment

Major Walter Hepburn Scott, M.C.
(Medical Officer)

Soldiers of the First World War database entry - W.H. Scott


M.C. Citation

SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 7 MARCH, 1918; 5 March 1918, Issue number: 30561, Page number: 2952

Capt. William Henry Scott, A.M.C. - For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During a heavy-hostile gas-shell bombardment his dressing station, which was in a cellar, became full of "mustard gas." He and his whole staff were gassed, but with the greatest courage and devotion he remained in the cellar after all his assistants had been evacuated, and attended to three wounded men who could not be left. No praise is too great for the gallant manner in which he discharged his duties under these dangerous conditions.

Date of Birth - 2 Feb 1885

Biographical Note - University of Alberta (Source)

Walter Hepburn Scott was born February 2, 1885 in Regina, Saskatchewan. He earned an MO from McGill University in 1907 and undertook post-graduate studies in 1922-23.

A medical officer with the Grand Trunk Pacific and Canadian Northern Railways and assistant to Colonel Mewburn in Lethbridge, Alberta, Scott worked at the Soldier's Civil Re-establishment Hospital in 1919. The hospital was renamed the University of Alberta Hospital in October, 1922.

Scott was an honorary professor of medicine at the University of Alberta from 1921-50 and in 1931, was an assistant professor of medicine and clinical medicine.

Scott's military activities include service with the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps in 1914 and as a lieutenant colonel at the Fourth Casualty Clearing Station during World War II. He received the Military Cross for action at Passchendaele.

Scott married Katie Sinton; they had a son, David L. Scott.

Scott passed away August 12, 1951 in Kalispell, Montana.

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