As with the others Victor Scott wrote his details on the shed-wall. Using these, I have traced the War Diary of his unit, – 6th Battalion Green Howards.
The entries in War Diaries are usually completed by the regimental adjutant. The content can be quite variable for a couple of reasons. Firstly the skill and interest of the person completing them. Secondly, the time available to complete them. Fortunately, the entry for 15th July 1944 is quite full and makes direct reference to Victor Scott’s capture. Unusual for someone of his rank.
Click on image to see it in full – note that the reference to “36 Grenades” is not the number thrown but to the type of weapon! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mills_bomb
Returning PoW Questionnaire
From the “Returning PoW Questionnaire” that Victor Scott completed upon his return to England, we know that he was born on 18th June 1914. That at the time he lived in Sandy Lane near Bradford, England. We also learn that he was a regular soldier – having enlisted in 1933. His prisoner of war camp was Stalag XVIII Markt-Pongau.
As a serving soldier Scott does not appear in the 1939 Register. However his father, mother and sister are shown living at the address he gives in his questionnaire.
Research on genealogy sites show that Scott married in 1945, but appears to have had no children.
He continued to live in the Bradford area until his death in 1988.