James was born in 1890 at Nymagee NSW, the youngest child of Thomas and Harriett Scott. His family came to the Nullamanna district and lived on the property Hawthorne Dale. At the age of twenty six he enlisted at Inverell on 21 October 1915, having volunteered at a recruiting meeting held at Nullamanna a few days beforehand. With seven other Nullamanna recruits, he was presented with a gift of an initialled wallet and a pair of socks at a community farewell prior to leaving Inverell in January 1916 with the First Contingent of The Kurrajongs.
James became a member of the 33rd Battalion, D Company which trained at Armidale and Rutherford prior to sailing from Australia on HMAT A74 Marathon in May 1916. Nine weeks later the Battalion arrived in England where further training was carried out at Salisbury Plain before they were sent to France in November.
Three months later James was wounded in action and invalided to England where he was admitted to King George Hospital at Stamford with a gunshot wound to his foot. As his injury required the amputation of his foot, he was returned to Australia by the hospital ship Karoola in October and medically discharged. He was granted a pension of three pounds per fortnight for six months, then it was reduced by fifteen shillings.
After his return a Welcome Home function was organised for him at Nullamanna in December 1917. His older brother, Herbert, enlisted in Queensland and served with the 9th Battalion, 13 Reinforcement. He was wounded in May 1917, evacuated to England with a gunshot wound to the head and returned to Australia in January 1918.
James died in 1954 and was buried at Chinchilla, Queensland. Private James Scott is remembered at Inverell where his name is inscribed on the town’s Honor Roll.
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