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01 Apr 1891
Cecil was born on 1st April 1891 in Nottingham and was the eldest son of Arthur, a letter printer, and Mary Ann Hutchinson née Dunbar . His father Arthur was born in 1855 in Nottingham and his mother Mary Ann Dunbar was born in 1865 in Grantham; their marriage is recorded in the Grantham Registration district in 1889. They went on to have two sons Cecil b1892 and Leslie b1900, both born in Nottingham. In the 1911 census they are shown living at 'Mariescot' on Melton Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham, and are shown as Arthur, head of the family 56yrs, a letterpress printer, he is living with his wife Mary Ann 46yrs, a milliner, and their two sons Cecil Dunbar 19 yrs, a letter press printer, and Leslie 11 yrs, a scholar. Also at the address is a servant Agnes Dowmar 22 yrs, a general domestic servant. His probate was proven on 4th January 1918 at Nottingham. It shows him as Cecil Dunbar Hutchinson of 'Mariescot', Melton Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham, Lieutenant in H.M. Army died 12th August 1917 in Belgium. His effects of £236 18 shillings were left to Arthur Hutchinson printer (his father).
He attended the Nottingham High School, being admitted on 16th September 1903 aged 11 yrs. He was later educated at the Technical University at Nottingham. Following his education he joined his father in his printing business and in the 1911 census his occupation is shown as letterpress printer. He was a talented footballer.
12 Aug 1917
486133 - CWGC Website
57th Sqdn Royal Flying Corps
Cecil joined the Nottingham University Officer Training Corps in August 1914. He was gazetted 2nd Lieutenant on 7th December 1914 and promoted Lieutenant in August 1916; he served with the 7th battalion South Staffordshire Regiment. After a prolonged career as an infantry officer involving combat at Gallipoli, Egypt, the Sinai Peninsular and on the Western Front, he volunteered for the Royal Flying Corps. He trained as an observer in June 1917 and returned to France in July 1917. On 10th August 1917 his plane was shot down, crash landing behind German lines; he had been shot in the stomach during the aerial combat. A letter was received from the German Red Cross on 12th August 1917 stating that "As a consequence of his sever stomach wounds, he died of these wounds in the field hospital at Meulebeke." He was buried in Harlebeke New British Cemetery in Belgium His pilot had survived the attack and crash.
His Squadron commanding officer later wrote to his mother stating:- " I am very sorry to lose your son, particularly as he was a very keen and promising observer" On 4th October 1917 it was reported that Lieutenant Cecil Dunbar Hutchinson, 57 Squadron Royal Flying Corps, originally reported missing, was now reported to be a prisoner of war. A DH4 observer, he had been shot down by Max Ritter von Müller of Jasta 28 over Ingelmunster at 8.30 p.m. 10th August 1917. Extract from the 'Nottingham Evening Post', dated 14th August 1917 “WEST BRIDGFORD OFFICER MISSING. “Mr. A. Hutchinson, Melton-road, West Bridgford, has received information that his son, Lieut. Cecil D. Hutchinson, R.F.C., has been missing since the 10th inst. Lieut. Hutchinson was up with a bombing squadron, and was last seen only about three miles beyond the lines at great height returning home. “He is 25 years of age, and was educated at the Nottingham High School. He was a member of the school cadet corps and the football team, and was one of the winners of the-school “eights." He joined the Nottingham University College Training Corps on the outbreak of war, and obtained a commission in the South Staffordshire Regiment in December, 1914. He gained his second star in August last year, and was appointed temporary commander in September, whilst he was transferred to the Royal Flying Corps about two months ago. He served with his battalion in the Dardanelles Above extract courtesy of Jim Grundy and his Facebook pages, 'Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918'.
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  • Photo Source: The Old Boys of Nottingham High School Killed in the First World War. Unpublished. Courtesy of the school librarian. -
  • From Nottingham Daily Guardian 14/8/1917
    Courtesy Simon Williams - From Nottingham Daily Guardian 14/8/1917
  • Cecil Hutchinson's death plaque.
    Courtesy Simon Williams and Nottingham High School - Cecil Hutchinson's death plaque.