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Private James Russell Hutton

2nd Battalion Gordon Highlanders
Service No: s / 7902

James Russell Hutton grave

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Personal details

Family Information

Eldest son of Thomas Russell and Margaret B Hutton of 6 Bute Terrace, Coatbridge. Elder brother of Lance Corporal John Brownlie Hutton of the 6th Battalion Cameron Highlanders who was Killed in Action on the 26/09/1915 (see index)

Born / Resided

Coatbridge / 6 Bute Terrace, Coatbridge

Died

Killed in Action 16/05/1915 from snipers bullet

Enlisted

Coatbridge

Employed

Clerk in the Scottish Iron and Steel Works, Glasgow

Age

24

Buried / Remembered

Le Touret Memorial, Pas de Calais, France

Cemetery / Memorial Information

The Le Touret Memorial commemorates over 13,400 British soldiers who were killed in this sector of the Western Front from the beginning of October 1914 to the eve of the Battle of Loos in late September 1915 and who have no known grave. Almost all of the men commemorated on the Memorial served with regular or territorial regiments from across the United Kingdom and were killed in actions that took place along a section of the front line that stretched from Estaires in the north to Grenay in the south. This part of the Western Front was the scene of some of the heaviest fighting of the first year of the war, including the battles of La Bassée (10 October – 2 November 1914), Neuve Chapelle (10 – 12 March 1915), Aubers Ridge (9 – 10 May 1915), and Festubert (15 – 25 May 1915). Soldiers serving with Indian and Canadian units who were killed in this sector in 1914 and 1915 whose remains were never identified are commemorated on the Neuve Chapelle and Vimy memorials, while those who fell during the northern pincer attack at the Battle of Aubers Ridge are commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial.

Additional Information

James is listed as LANCE CORPORAL and 3RD BATTALION on the Memorial. On the morning of the 16/05/1915 a comrade asked James for the use of his knife and as he moved his hand to give his comrade the knife a German sniper opened fire hitting James` hand with the bullet entering his body. Despite help from his comrades he died. See photos for tribute from the Pulpit by the Rev Archibald Chisolm. Also remembered on the Coatbridge Technical College and Middle United Free Church Rolls of Honour and at the Family Plot in Old Monkland Cemetery (see photos). See photos for James` name on the Le Touret Memorial

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