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Ralph Rookby Scott was born in Glasgow on the 9th of September 1892, one of four children of Emily Scott (née Payne) and John Scott, a house painter. Ralph Rookby Scott attended The Glasgow School of Art from 1909 to 1912 as a full-time student of Painting, later apprenticing as a Painter and Decorator to his father's firm. During the First World War, Scott served as a Private in the 2nd battalion of the King's Own Scottish Borderers. He died in action on the 28th of June 1918 and is buried in Thiennes, France. His brother, William Peach Scott, also studied as an Architectural student at The Glasgow School of Art between 1907 and 1910 and worked as an architect with Messrs. James Salmon & Son, Glasgow. He served in the 3rd and 5th Battalion of the Highland Light Infantry and was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant, dying in Palestine as a result of wounds received in action on the 9th November 1917. Ralph and William Scott shared an elder brother, James Blair Scott (b. 1886), who was also a part time Drawing and Painting student at The Glasgow School of Art between 1903 and 1910 and worked as a house painter, presumably for the family business. Ralph Rookby Scott is commemorated on The Glasgow School of Art's First World War Roll of Honour.
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Sources: the Dictionary of Scottish Art and Architecture by Peter J M McEwan; the Dictionary of Scottish Architects: http://www.scottisharchitects.org.uk; Scotland's People: http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk. Lives Of The First World War: http://www.livesofthefirstworldwar.org Every Man Remembered: http://www.everymanremembered.org