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  • Commonwealth War Grave Commission headstone marking the grave of John Hutton, General Cemetery, Nottingham.
Courtesy of Peter Gillings
Person Details
12 Nov 1878
John Thomas was the son of George and Mary Hutton, the husband of Minnie and father of Doris, George and May. John's father, the son of John and Margaret Hutton, was born in Westmorland on 19 February 1849 and christened in Kendal on 15 April 1849, and his mother was born in Warwickshire in about 1857. Four children have been traced on the census between 1881 and 1891: Margaret (b. Durham), Mary Jane (bap. 16 August 1876, Stockton on Tees, Durham), John Thomas (b. 12 November 1878, Nottingham) and George (b. 1881, O/N/D Nottingham). By 1881 George (32), a blacksmith, and Mary (26) were in Nottingham, living at 9 Bloomfield Street, with their two daughters Margaret (5) and Mary Jane (4). By 1891 they were living at 7 Frederick Place, Sneinton. George was still a blacksmith, Mary (42) and their two daughters, Margaret (15) and Mary (14), were lace workers while John (12) and George (10) were still at school. Interestingly, the census recorder gives Nottingham as the place of birth for all the family although only the two boys were born there. Also, on the census George senior, the head of the household, was described as an 'imbecile'. This might be taken as an erroneous entry by the recorder but only two members of the family, Mary Jane and George junior have been traced on the 1901 census - both were unmarried and neither were living in the family home although still living in Nottingham - while John had already joined the Navy, suggesting the break-up of the family and this might be the cause. In 1901 Mary Jane (24) was a boarder, living at 5 Meredith Street, St Ann's, in the home of a widow, Sarah A Fletcher (60). Her brother George (19) was living with the family of John Lauder (?Lander), his uncle, at 14 Providence Street, St Ann's. It seems likely that Mary Jane married Ernest Jones Carter in 1902 (marriage registered J/A/S Nottingham) and in 1911 they were living at 70 Chandos Street, Nottingham, with their two children, Ernest John (7) and Bernard George (5). Ernest (34) was a lace draughtsman. George Hutton junior married Edith Ellen Parker in 1903 (marriage registered O/N/D Nottingham) and in 1911 they were living at 19 Downscombe Street, Nottingham. George (29) a stock keeper in ropes and twine, and Ellen (28) a lace worker working at home, had two children, John Thomas (6) and Ellen Mary (5 months). John married Minnie Grapper in 1907 (marriage registered O/N/D Nottingham) and they were living at 75 Norland Road, Nottingham, by 1911. They had two children, Doris (18 months, b. 1909 O/N/D) and George (5 months b. 8 November 1910). Also in the household was John's mother, Mary (54), who was described as married (26 years) and was a lace mender working from home. John and Minnie later had a second daughter, May, born 1913 (birth registered A/M/J Shardlow, Derbyshire). John's naval record shows that Minnie was living at 8 Agnes Terrace, Dame Agnes Street, St Ann's, Nottingham, at the time of his death. However, when Minnie was awarded administration of John's Will in August 1919 the address on the Probate record was 26 Alexandra Street, Stapleford. John's father, George, probably died aged 72 in 1922 (death registered June Nottingham) and his mother, Mary, in 1931 (death registered December Nottingham). His widow never remarried and Minnie died aged 53 in 1935 (death registered December Nottingham). Their son, George, died in 1971 (death registered March Nottingham). John's brother, George, died aged 87 in 1968 (death registered March Nottingham).
He was a labourer when he joined the Navy in 1898; his engagement expired on 7 January 1910 when he was transferred to the Royal Fleet Reserve. In 1911 he was a stoker (ex-RN) and out of work but when mobilized in 1914 he was a postman.
14 Jan 1919
2750469 - CWGC Website
Leading Stoker
Royal Navy
(R.F.R. CH/B/6349). John joined the Royal Navy as a stoker at the age of 19 on 8 January 1898 on a 12 years continuous service engagement. His first ship was Pembroke 2. His service expired on 7 January 1910 and he transferred to the Royal Fleet Reserve (Chatham) on 8 January 1910. He was mobilized on 2 August 1914 and served in the following ships and shore establishments: HMS Sapphire, 2 August 1914-30 October 1917 (Leading Stoker); HMS Euryalus,31 October 1917-30 December 1917; Pembroke II, 21 December 1917-7 April 1918; Idaho (Kildorrey), 8 April 1918- 21 June 1918; HMS Eaglet, 22 June 1918-31 October 1918; HMS Idaho, 1 November 1918-14 January 1919. His service documents were annotated, ‘DD [Discharged Dead] 14th January 1919 in RN Hospital Pembroke Dock. Pulmonary (-).’ His last ship was the gunboat, HMS Kildorrey (Idaho), serving in home waters. He died of pneumonia in the Royal Navy hospital at Pembroke Dock and is buried in Nottingham General Cemetery (grave ref. 7632.S).
Personal inscription on CWGC headstone: 'Greater love hath no man than to lay his life down for his country' Nottingham Post notice (abridged), 20 January 1919: ‘Hutton. On 14th inst. at RN Hospital Pembroke of pneumonia after 22 years service, John Thomas Hutton son of GM Hutton. Interred General Cemetery.’ Probate: Hutton John Thomas of 26 Alexandra-street Stapleford Nottinghamshire stoker in HM Navy died 14 January 1919 at Pembroke. Administration Nottingham 6 August [1919] to Minnie Hutton widow. Effects £75
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  • Commonwealth War Grave Commission headstone marking the grave of John Hutton, General Cemetery, Nottingham.
Courtesy of Peter Gillings
    John Hutton - Commonwealth War Grave Commission headstone marking the grave of John Hutton, General Cemetery, Nottingham. Courtesy of Peter Gillings