Hugh Marsh Rutter (1898–1918), Private (201445) in the 7th Battalion the Tank Corps, formerly Private (32435) of the Machine Gun Corps, was killed in action on 14 April 1918, aged 19. His death is commemorated in the St Venant-Robecq Road British Cemetery (plot I. F. 21), in the Pas de Calais region of northern France. He is also commemorated on the war memorial at St Mary the Less, Cambridge, as well as on this family grave.
Hugh was born in 1898 in Cambridge. He was the second of four children born to Augustus Emmanuel Rutter and Annie Elizabeth Rutter (née Green). He attended the County Boys School, and after that was apprenticed at Bailey, Grundy and Barrett, a Cambridge firm of electrical engineers. Hugh enlisted in Warwick as Private (32435) of the Machine Gun Corps before becoming Private (201445) of the Tank Corps, his brother Edwin taking over his apprenticeship. (The family thinks Hugh lied about his age when he enlisted: he was only 17 when he was at training camp, although he had turned 18 by the time he was sent overseas.)
He was killed in action on 14 April 1918 in Robecq, France. He was entitled to the Victory medal and the British War medal. Hugh’s paternal cousin, Thomas Rutter (1880–1917) and his maternal uncle, Willie Fincham Green (1879–1918), were also casualties of the war.
Lat Lon : 52.202759, 0.13654192 – click here for location
Parish : St Andrew the Great
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By Emma Easterbrook, Mary Naylor and Ian Bent