December 1889 - 25th September 1915 (age 25)
62nd Field Coy. Royal Engineers
A letter arrived at 12 Melbourne Place, Sowerby, addressed to Fred Hutton's widowed mother. It was from Sergeant H Grace of the 62nd Company Royal Engineers and read to the effect that Sapper Fred Hutton, of the company, was severely wounded and had passed away. Fred had been killed in action on the same day as William Bramley, supporting the attack at Loos in another diversionary action, this time near Ypres.
Robert Hutton was a traction engine driver at a foundry and he lived in Long Street, Thirsk with his wife and six children. Fred, the youngest, was still living at home and employed as a tailor when the family moved to 12 Melbourne Place. Robert died at the age of 56 and was buried at St.Oswald's, in August 1911. Soon after the outbreak of war, Fred volunteered joining the Royal Engineers on 1st December 1914 and going overseas on 20th May 1915. He has no known grave and is remembered on Menin Gate Memorial, panel 9.
An inscription on the Menin Gate reads:
TO THE ARMIES
OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE
WHO STOOD HERE
AND TO THOSE OF THEIR DEAD
WHO HAVE NO KNOWN GRAVE
Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium
The information on this page was compiled by Steve Billings.
Information about Fred Hutton on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Information about Fred Hutton on the War Graves Photographic Project website
Part of the St Oswald's Church website