Hutton, David

David Hutton had been born circa 1919 to David John & Ida Annie Hutton (nee Drew) who had married in St. Austell, Cornwall in the March Quarter of 1917 ( St Austell Vol. 5c  Page 127).

David John Hutton was the brother of Robert Hutton, whose name is also on the War Memorial, please click on the link to read his story.   David John Hutton was the father of David Hutton, so a member of 2 generations from their family were to die in World War 2 – Robert & young David.    Their parents were Richard & Sarah Elizabeth Hutton (nee Marrow).

Their sister, Mary Hutton, was to marry Robert Johnson in St Mark’s Church, Connah’s Quay, on the 25th December 1918 and their son Robert Johnson was another member of the Hutton Family to die in WW2, please click on the click to read his story

David John & Ida Annie Hutton are seen on the 1921 census, living at 43, Dee View Road, Connah’s Quay, with their young family. David John is now 29 years and 6 months old, he’s a Master Mariner(Home Trade) working for Thos Coppack & Co., Shipowners & Shipbrokers, but is “out of work.” Ida Annie is now 27 years and 7 months old , born in Pentewan, Cornwall, and doing “Home Duties.” Richard Hutton, age 3 years 3 months and David Hutton is 1 year 10 months. There is a Boarder in the home a Charles Syms age 18 years and 11 months, single and a Merchant Seaman (O.S.) working for the same Company as David John Hutton.

David was a pupil at Hawarden Grammar School and the Admissions Register E/GS/1/10 tells us:- 

1314/2082 HUTTON, David, Date of birth – 23rd August 1919, Date of entry 16th September 1930. 43, Dee Road, Connah’s Quay, Father Mariner, 30th September 1930, St. Mark’s , Connah’s Quay,Date of leaving – 21st or 26th July 1937 Bangor Normal.

So he was to go on an go to Bangor Normal College, but I have no information what courses he took, was he a Teacher?  Any help would be gratefully recieved.

His brother Richard HUTTON, also entered Hawarden Gramar School the same day:-
1309/2076 Richard HUTTON,Date of birth _ 2nd March 1918, 43, Dee Road, Connah’s Quay, Father Mariner, 30th September 1930, St. Mark’s , Connah’s Quay,Date of leaving :- 27th July 1934. No entry to where or what occupation Richard was to go to.

Then David J. & Ida A. Hutton are seen on the 1939 National Register, which was taken on the 29th September 1939, but not young David:-

Hutton Household (6 People)

59 Dee View Road , Connah’s Quay U.D., Flintshire, Wales

Ida A      Hutton  17 Nov 1893        Female Unpaid Domestic Duties               Married                19           1

David J  Hutton  06 Dec 1891        Male      Mercantile Marine (Master)       Married                19           2 (“Calyx” Coaster Dis. 29th September 1939 PT4004)*

David John Hutton must have been away.   It shows also that he had been on the Coaster  “Calyx” and had been discharged on the 29th December 1939.

*from CL1 on WW2 talk

David John Hutton had also been awarded Medals in WW1 (URL: http://  and was to be awarded more medals in WW2 (

I also believe that David John Hutton died on the 16th May 1955, and his Probate explains where he died, but how or exactly where in Waterford, I don’t know.

Probate – HUTTON, David John of 59, Dee View Road, Connah’s Quay, Flintshire died 16th May 1955 at Waterford.   Probate Bangor 26th August to Lloyd’s Bank Limited.

David’s obituary in the  Chester Chronicle 23rd October 1943, page 2 Col 3 tells us more:- 

KILLED IN ACTION – The news has been received that Lieut. D. HUTTON has been killed in action in Italy.    He was the son of Capt. And Mrs David HUTTON, Dee-view Road, Connah’s Quay.   He was 24 and before the war was a student at Bangor Normal College.

David was part of the Hutton family who had suffered so much in both wars and before with their links to the sea and the River Dee:-

Children of Richard and Sarah Elizabeth Hutton(nee MARROW); Brothers, Robert Hutton (husband of Bessie Hutton(nee HUGHES), of Connah’s Quay, (died WW2)  & David John Hutton (husband of Ida Annie (nee DREW)– their son, David HUTTON died WW2) and sister Mary HUTTON, who married Robert JOHNSON (also lost a son, Robert JOHNSON, in WW2)and sister Sarah Elizabeth HUTTON, who was married to Frank JONES in October 1910, – Frank drowned in mysterious circumstances* and widowed within 4 months in 1911),    Another brother William HUTTON died in 1941 in Chester, age 40 years, (Cause unknown- see newspaper cutting – Not on CQ Memorial).

* (Jan Lettens 29/03/2014

On January 17th, 1911, the British wooden schooner FANNY FOTHERGILL, built in 1865 and owned T. C. Cooper T. C. departed Falmouth for Llanelly with a cargo of scrap iron and went missing. She has not been heard of ever since.)

However this does not cast any light on young David who is not seen on any documentation until his death on the 21st September 1943 with the 83 Field Regt. attd. 50 Bty., 24 Field Regt. Royal Artillery in Salerno, Italy.  The history given on David’s citation on the Commonwealth War Graves gives a little insight to what David went through:-

On 3 September 1943 the Allies invaded the Italian mainland, the invasion coinciding with an armistice made with the Italians who then re-entered the war on the Allied side. Allied objectives were to draw German troops from the Russian front and more particularly from France, where an offensive was planned for the following year. Commonwealth and American forces landed near Salerno on 8-9 September 1943 and there was fierce fighting for some days in the bridgehead that they established. The site for the cemetery was chosen in November 1943 and it contains many burials resulting from the landings and the fighting that followed, but graves were also brought in later from a wide area of south-western Italy. The 59th General Hospital was in the vicinity of Salerno at the end of 1943 and early in 1944. Salerno War Cemetery contains 1,846 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War, 107 of them unidentified. One casualty of the First World War is also commemorated in the cemetery by special memorial, his grave in a local civil cemetery having been lost. The cemetery was designed by Louis de Soissons.” 

There is a Casualty Report , Page 2, where W.S/Lieut D. Hutton* 242456 Royal Artillery – is shown as Killed in Action, but “Date not reported.”   Then another Casualty Report, Page 5, where it stated – Royal Artillery – Hutton, W.S/Lieut. D 243456 –“Killed in Action” – “Date should read 21st September 1943) – Casualty List 23rd October 1943.

* WS/ War Substantive [for the duration of wartime service only]

David was buried, presumably on or near the day he died – 21st September 1943 – he was the only one who died on that day according to the Graves Concentration Report Form  – at Pontegagnamo and then was reburied at the Salerno War Cemetery on the 28th July 1944.

I wrote to the WW2 Talk to get more information on David and Frank (minden1759 tolf), told me he would take a photograph of David’s grave when he visits the SALERNO WAR CEMETERY on the 14th July 2018.   This he did and told me at the graveside Frank tipped his hat to him.   Such a gentleman and so kind to do this for a stranger.    Such is the help you receive on the WW2 Talk Forums and also re WW1 – Invision 1914 -1918.




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