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Regimental number4451
Place of birthYorkshire, England
Place of birthWhitby, Yorks, England
SchoolCatholic Elementary School, England
Age on arrival in Australia18
ReligionRoman Catholic
Address11 Ralston Street, North Adelaide, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21.8
Height5' 7.75"
Weight136 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Esther Elizabeth Hutton, 11 Ralston Street, North Adelaide, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil (previously rejected for AIF enlistment on account of teeth)
Enlistment date24 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name27th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/44/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on 25 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll27th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularHe was a good lad, an only son, answered the country's call. The officer of his Battalion should be the best judge of his conduct to the time of his death. (Father)
FateKilled in Action 5 November 1916
Place of death or woundingFlers, France
Age at death22
Age at death from cemetery records22
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsAustralian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France

Villers-Bretonneux is a village about 15 km east of Amiens. The Memorial stands on the high ground ('Hill 104') behind the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Fouilloy, which is about 2 km north of Villers-Bretonneux on the east side of the road to Fouilloy.

The Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux is approached through the Military Cemetery, at the end of which is an open grass lawn which leads into a three-sided court. The two pavilions on the left and right are linked by the north and south walls to the back (east) wall, from which rises the focal point of the Memorial, a 105 foot tall tower, of fine ashlar. A staircase leads to an observation platform, 64 feet above the ground, from which further staircases lead to an observation room. This room contains a circular stone tablet with bronze pointers indicating the Somme villages whose names have become synonymous with battles of the Great War; other battle fields in France and Belgium in which Australians fought; and far beyond, Gallipoli and Canberra.

On the three walls, which are faced with Portland stone, are the names of 10,885 Australians who were killed in France and who have no known grave. The 'blocking course' above them bears the names of the Australian Battle Honours.

After the war an appeal in Australia raised £22,700, of which £12,500 came from Victorian school children, with the request that the majority of the funds be used to build a new school in Villers-Bretonneux. The boys' school opened in May 1927, and contains an inscription stating that the school was the gift of Victorian schoolchildren, twelve hundred of whose fathers are buried in the Villers-Bretonneux cemetery, with the names of many more recorded on the Memorial. Villers-Bretonneux is now twinned with Robinvale, Victoria, which has in its main square a memorial to the links between the two towns.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: James and Esther Elizabeth HUTTON, 27 Charles Street, Prospect, South Australia
Other details

War service: Western Front

Proceeded overseas to France from England, 25 July 1916; taken on strength, 27th Bn, in the field, 11 August 1916.

Wounded in action, 5 November 1916; posted as wounded and missing, 5 November 1916.

Now, 23 March 1917, listed as 'killed in action, 5 November 1916.'

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsNext of kin entered as Elizabeth HUTTON on Embarkation Roll; address incorrectly entered as Relston Street.
SourcesNAA: B2455, HUTTON Robert
Red Cross File No 1400603E

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