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Lance Corporal William Hutchinson MM


William Hutchinson enlisted in Aug 1914 and went overseas with the 9th Battalion on 4 Sep 1915, first to France and then on to Salonika. He was awarded the Military Medal for bravery in Apr 1918. The war diary reports that on 20 Apr 1918 Lieutenant Andrews, Sergeant Fell and 25 men of C Company made a raid on enemy trenches at Petit Couronne where they captured two prisoners. The Bulgars discovered the raid and attacked. Sergeant Fell, Corporal Taylor and Private Hutchinson gave great assistance to 2nd Lieutenant Andrews “the whole operation was executed with great dash.” On 21 May 1918 Lieutenant Andrews was awarded the Military Cross and Private Hutchinson the Military Medal.
Hutchinson was killed on 25 Jul 1918, age 30 years.
Captain Cumberland, the Medical Officer, reported ‘that on this day there was heavy artillery fire and Trench Mortar all day. A few Bulgars were killed but four of our men were killed and three wounded. Lance corporal Hutchinson was killed. He was a rough fellow and always volunteered for raids. He was a brave and powerful man and was a wonderful fighting soldier. He was very fond of Captain Whitehead and would have followed him to certain death.’ William was well respected and a great favourite with the officers and men being an ideal soldier.
He is buried in Karasouli Military Cemetery, Greece.

His brother, Lance Corporal Thomas Hutchinson, number 1477, of the 1st/4th Battalion went overseas on 3 May 1915 and was discharged due to wounds on 26 Feb 1916.

Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War and Allied Victory Medals to Lance Corporal William Hutchinson, number 13642, 9th Battalion, King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment
Accession Number: KO3130/01-04

Envelope addressed to Mr J Hutchinson, 21 Furnace Place, Askam in Furness, which contained some of the medals for Lance Corporal William Hutchinson.
Accession Number: KO3130/05



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