Paul Alexander SCOTT - born c.1881

June 2009

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Paul Alexander SCOTT - born c.1881

Paul Alexander SCOTT - born c.1881
This files details the case of Paul Scott, a former South African international rugby player, and the lengths he went to in a bid to serve in the Second World War. Having been turned down by South Africa, on age grounds (he was around 60 years old), Scott signed on as a member of a Free French ship which arrived at Liverpool in 1942. He then signed up with HM Forces, knocking more than 20 years off his true age on the application form. This file contains correspondence written after Scott's arrival in Britain. While there was a wish to have him involved in the war in some way, given his experience and obvious enthusiasm, there was discussion around what position would suit his age.
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