Private Thomas Scott Water-Colour
Water-colour of two Suffolk Regiment soldiers by Private Thomas Scott, drawn when serving with the Reserve Battalion in Mauritius in 1841.
Thomas Scott was born in Lawford, Essex in April 1816, the son of John and Eleanor Scott. On 15 July 1839 he enlisted into the 12th Regiment of Foot at Ipswich (regimental number 1366). He was sent to the Depot at Brecon on 3 September 1839, moving from there in May 1840 to Paisley where he remained until 11 May 1841 when he went to join the 1st Battalion in Mauritius. On 25 November 1847, as the Battalion was preparing to return to England he transferred to the Reserve Battalion, remaining in Mauritius until 12 August 1851.
The Battalion was then moved to Cape Colony where he took part in the 8th Border War, receiving the South Africa 1834-1853 Medal. In September 1858 he returned home with the Battalion. He was based in Fort George and Aldershot from where he was discharged on 20 August 1861, after 22 years and 9 days’ service.
He was awarded the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal in September 1858.
On his return to civilian life he returned initially to Lawford, until about 1869 where he worked as a maltster journeyman. On 29 May 1863 he married in Bawdsey church Zillah Dosser: they were to have six children, one of whom, Albert Scott also served in the Suffolk Regiment from 1887 to 1894. In 1869 the family moved to Manningtree where on 19 September 1880 he died of pneumonia.
Scott was remarkably literate for an ordinary soldier at this period; he kept a diary of his activity in South Africa in 1851-52 and training at Aldershot in 1858-59.