Robert Scott (VC)
4 June 1874|
Haslingden, Lancashire, England, UK
|Died||21 February 1961
Downpatrick, Northern Ireland, UK
|Buried at||Christ Church Cemetery, Kilkeel|
|Years of service||1895–1923|
|Rank||Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant|
|Other work||Royal Ulster Constabulary officer|
Robert Scott VC (4 June 1874 – 21 February 1961), was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.
Born in Haslingden, Lancashire, he was a 25-year-old private in the 1st Battalion, Manchester Regiment, British Army during the Second Boer War when the following deed took place in Natal for which he and Private James Pitts were awarded the VC:
During the attack on Caesar's Camp, in Natal, on the 6th January, 1900, these two men occupied a sangar, on the left of which all our men had been shot down and their positions occupied by Boers, and held their post for fifteen hours without food or water, all the time under an extremely heavy fire, keeping up their fire and a smart look-out though the Boers occupied some sangars on their immediate left rear. Private Scott was wounded.
His Victoria Cross is displayed at the Museum of the Manchester Regiment, Ashton-under-Lyne, England.
- Irish Winners of the Victoria Cross (Richard Doherty & David Truesdale, 2000)
- Monuments to Courage (David Harvey, 1999)
- The Register of the Victoria Cross (This England, 1997)
- Victoria Crosses of the Anglo-Boer War (Ian Uys, 2000)