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John Cairns Scott  - Military Ballot 1917

John Cairns Scott was born on 22nd September 1876 in West Grange, Culross, Fife, Scotland[i].

There is very little on record but when he married in Ellen (Nellie) Geraldine Stunell in Feilding on 7th February 1906
it noted that he was from Oamaru[ii], North Otago.

The couple had moved to Pukerua Bay by 1915 when their first child was born, premature.[iii] The couple’s second child,
a son Rex Alfred Roberts Scott was born on 8th January 1919[iv].

On 17th November 1917 the Hutt Independent carried the results of the Military Ballot of men from the second division, who were from the Horokiwi Riding, County of Hutt:

Fisher J    Pahautahanui
Iggulden T E   Pahautahanui
Scott J C    Pukerua Bay

On ‘Call Up’  John Cairns Scott was a 41 year old married man employed by the
New Zealand Railways.  There is no military file so he was either excused because of
his occupation or on medical grounds or was on appeal.

John Cairns Scott c 1920's 


John and Nellie continued to live in Haunui Road, Pukerua Bay taking an active part in
the community with John retiring from the New Zealand Railway in the early 1950’s.
Late in their lives  John and Nellie moved to the Hutt to be close to their son.   
Ellen (Nellie ) Geraldine Scott died in March 1956 and John Cairns Scott in his 99th year
on 3rd March 1976 both are buried in Taita Cemetery, Lower Hutt[v].

Notes
Five of Nellie’s brothers served in WW1, four in the NZEF and one with the Australian Expeditionary Force.

References
Geni –Genealogy
Billion Graves   
NZ BDM
Paperspast Online

[i] John Cairns Scott: www.geni.com
[ii] Marriage, 9th February 1906, Feilding Star
[iii] Births, 5th February 1915, Evening Post
[iv] NZ BDM death records
[v] Billion grave


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Pukerua Bay c1940 
NZ Samoa Expeditionary force landing in Samoa 1915