Walter Larmond Scott was the only child, of James Walter Scott, an ironmonger, and his wife Mary Ellen Larmond. James and Mary were married in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1874.
Fatherless before he was fifteen, Walter and his mother were always close to Mary's mother, Hannah, and her sister, Ann Elizabeth, as evidenced by the 1891 Census return, when Walter was at his Grandmother's house, and the later merging of the families after the deaths of James, Hannah and Ann.
In 1901, Walter was living with his mother at what had been his grandmother's house in Julian Avenue, South Shields. With them lived his cousin George Walter Marshall, who was of a similar age to Walter, and George's sister Isabella, known as Daisy.
The Marshall family in Julian Avenue had been drastically reduced in recent years. We have no trace of George Marshall. His wife Ann and Daughter Mary Ellen, 'Moppy', had died around 1893 and his son William had married but shortly thereafter died and his child was living with his mother in Imeary Street.
Young George was a hairdresser's assistant in 1901 and we look forward to tracing his later activities, but his cousin's fate we know about: Walter Larmond Scott joined the navy. As a reservist, he was called back to sea during the First World War, or the Great War, as it was then called.
Britain adopted a strategy of disguising her own ships as merchant vessels, with hidden armaments. This way, a German U-boat could be lured into firing range, and dispatched by the hidden guns. These special vessels were called Q Ships and Walter Larmond Scott served with distinction on one of these: Q20, otherwise known as HMS Bayard (disguised as the SS Syren).
Walter Larmond Scott, a naval Lieutenant, earned the Distinguished Service Cross, twice, before being killed at sea on Thursday 29th March 1917.
His cousin's family, descendents of that baby boy who never knew his father, were still keeping his picture, and his memory alive, decades later.
With thanks to Forrest Anderson and the members of soc.genealogy.britain for the Q-ship informationFH Front Page