William Henry DUTTON
Rank: Driver
Number: 44573
Unit: A Battery, 122nd Brigade Royal Field Artillery
Date of Death: 21 August 1917
Cemetery: Canada Farm Cemetery, Elverdinge, Belgium

The name of W Dutton is inscribed on the Stockport War Memorial amongst those who served with the artillery. Although it cannot be said for certain, it is believed that he was the man whose details are given above. This soldier enlisted in Stockport and was, presumably working or living in the area, although he originated from Lower Peover and his father, Mr F Dutton still lived in nearby Allostock.

122nd Brigade was part of the Army’s 38th Division and went overseas in the closing weeks of 1915. William’s service number is low enough to suggest that he was an original member of the unit and will have seen action during the Battle of the Somme in 1916.

It has not been possible to trace the Brigade’s War Diary at the National Archives and, as such, it cannot be known under what exact circumstances under Wiliam was killed in action on 21 August. The Third Battle of Ypres had been underway for three weeks and some progress had been made by the British. 21 August was a generally quiet day with no major attacks or counter attacks. However, the infantry of 38th Division undertook a small localised advance on the left of their sector. The artillery will have been supporting this attack and it seems likely that the gun positions themselves came under fire from German artillery and William died in the shelling.

As well as his commemoration at Stockport, William Dutton is remembered on the War Memorials at Knutsford and St Oswald’s Church, Lower Peover.

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