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  cap badgeLance Corporal John Brownlie Hutton

6th (Service) Battalion Cameron Highlanders "B" Company, No 7 Platoon
Service No: S/14732

John Brownlie Hutton grave

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Personal details

Family Information

Son of Thomas Russell (1864-27/06/1945) and Margaret Brownlie Hutton (13/02/1968-08/01/1949) of 6 Bute Terrace, Whifflet, Coatbridge. Younger brother of Private James Russell Hutton of the 2nd Battalion Gordon Highlanders who was Killed in Action on the 16/05/1915. From the 1901 Census - Address - 267 Dundyvan Rd, Coatbridge - Thomas Hutton aged 34, Margaret Hutton aged 32, Margaret Hutton aged 11 (1890-21/12/1975), James Hutton aged 9, John Hutton aged 6, Mary Hutton aged 1, boarder John Brownlie aged 72. John and his brother James' Pension was awarded to their mother Margaret.

Born / Resided

Coatbridge / 6 Bute Terrace, Whifflet, Coatbridge.

Died

Killed in Action on the 26/09/1915 on the 2nd day of the Battle of Loos

Enlisted

Glasgow 14/09/1914

Employed

Clerk in the Tinplate Works / Structural Engineer.

Age

21

Buried / Remembered

Loos Memorial (Panel 119 to 124), Pas de Calais, France.

Cemetery / Memorial Information

The Loos Memorial commemorates over 20,000 officers and men who have no known grave, who fell in the area from the River Lys to the old southern boundary of the First Army, east and west of Grenay, from the first day of the Battle of Loos to the end of the war. On either side of the cemetery is a wall 15 feet high, to which are fixed tablets on which are carved the names of those commemorated. At the back are four small circular courts, open to the sky, in which the lines of tablets are continued, and between these courts are three semicircular walls or apses, two of which carry tablets, while on the centre apse is erected the Cross of Sacrifice.

Additional Information

John and the Battalion arrived at Boulogne on the 09/07/1915 and were part of the 45th Brigade, 15th (Scottish) Division. The 2nd day of the Battle of Loos 26/9/1915 : At 5.00a.m : Orders are received by the 15th (Scottish) Division. Reinforced by 21st Division, they are to recapture Hill 70 with an attack at 9.00a.m. It was proving virtually impossible to move artillery forward to support this attack, and ammunition supplies were dwindling – fresh ones being held up in traffic. The attack would be supported by artillery firing from their original positions, and the 2nd German line would barely be touched. A bombardment of two rounds per gun per minute was ordered. In confusion, some units did not receive an order to withdraw from the most advanced positions, and British shells fell on their own infantry in places. Many infantry units did not receive orders to attack until 7.00a.m, and in at least one case, 8.00am. At 9.00a.m : The weakened Battalions of 45th Brigade advanced up the slope of Hill 70, just as the mist cleared. They came under immediate fire from the Redoubt at the summit, but parties entered the trenches there and hand to hand fighting took place. After suffering continued losses, and unable to get around the flanks of the Redoubt, the survivors withdrew. At the Hulloch area : 10.30a.m : The German counterattack continues and men of 63rd Brigade retire in disarray from Chalk Pit Wood. The enemy captures Chalet Wood. 6/Cameron Highlanders make repeated efforts to recapture it. John was Killed in Action on the 2nd day of the Battle of Loos. 87 men from the Coatbridge Memorial fell during and from injuries from the Battle of Loos. Scottish Regiments lost a huge amount of brave men at Loos. Here is a list of Infantry Battalions who lost more than 500 men at the Battle of Loos from 25/09/1915 to 16/10/1915 - 7th Cameron Highlanders 687, of which 19 Officers, 9th Black Watch 680, of which 20 Officers, 6th King’s Own Scottish Borderers 650, of which 20 Officers, 10th Highland Light Infantry 648, of which 20 Officers, 7th King’s Own Scottish Borderers 631, of which 20 Officers, 8th Devons 619, of which 19 Officers, 8th Royal West Kents 580, of which 24 Officers, 8th Buffs 558, of which 24 Officers, 12th Highland Light Infantry 553, of which 23 Officers, 8th Black Watch 511, of which 19 Officers, 5th North Staffordshire 505, of which 20 Officers, 8th Seaforth Highlanders 502, of which 23 Officers. See Directory for John's younger brother James' page. See photos for a letter sent to John's mother from his Lieutenant D MacBean. John is also remembered on the Coatbridge Technical College (with his brother James), the Middle United Free Churches Rolls of Honour (with his brother James) and at the Family Plot in Old Monkland Cemetery (see photos). See photos for John's Medal Index Card, his Newspaper clippings x 2, his Army Register of Soldiers Effects, his Service Records x 13, his name on the Loos Memorial, his CWGC Grave Registration, his name on the Loos Memorial Panel List, his Service Medal and Award Rolls x 2, the Cameron Highlanders Cap Badge and John's Pension Records x 2.

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