Aaron Scott was born in Llanyblodwell, Shropshire in 1894. He was the son of Edward and Mary Ann Scott and was one of at least six children. By 1901 the family was living in Trefonen. (see census data below)
Aaron was married to Mary Pothecary on 13th May 1913 at the Registry Office in Pontpridd. They would have two children, a daughter Mary born on 23rd January 1914, and a son, William, born on 31st December 1915. The family lived at 83 Middle Street, Pontypridd.
Aaron was called up on 14th September 1916, aged 22 and enlisted in Pontypridd. On enlistment he stood at 5 foot 4 inches tall.
War Grave and Memorial Information
Private Aaron Scott
203580 Lancashire Fusiliers
is buried in Browns Rd Cemetary in Festubert
Festubert was occupied by Commonwealth forces in October 1914 and on 23-24 November, the Indian Corps repulsed a German attack. The Battle of Festubert (15-25 May 1915) resulted in a short advance which left the village somewhat less exposed than it had been. Except for an advance which was attempted just to the south of Festubert (the Second Action of Givenchy, 15-16 June 1915), this sector remained quiet until 9 April 1918 and the beginning of the Battle of the Lys. Festubert was held by the 55th (West Lancashire) Division against the German assault, and successive attacks lasting through the month were repelled by the 1st and other Divisions. It remained an outpost for Commonwealth forces until the final advance began in September 1918.
The cemetery was begun in October 1914, and carried on by fighting units and field ambulances until November 1917, when it contained 299 graves. It was greatly enlarged after the Armistice when graves were brought in from small cemeteries and isolated sites on the surrounding battlefields.