W.A. Scott

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Sergeant Walter Alexander Scott, M.M. was born at Galt, in the Province of Ontario, on August 8th, 1885, and was educated in the public schools there and at the School of Practical Science, University of Toronto, where he obtained his degree of B.A.Sc.

He obtained his commission as a Dominion Land Surveyor in 1909, and as an Alberta Land Surveyor in 1911; he also held a commission as a Saskatchewan Land Surveyor. He worked on Dominion Land Surveys for several years and practiced as an Alberta Land Surveyor in the cities of Calgary and Medicine Hat from 1912 to 1914.

He enlisted in February 1917, in the 256th Railway Construction Battalion, which later become the 10th Canadian Railway Troops. He was awarded the Military Medal at Passchendaele for repairing tracks through a shell dump under heavy shell-fire.

He was taken ill with tubercular peritonitis in October 1918, and invalided home. He died suddenly in Calgary on August 12th, 1919, from a recurrence of this disease.