Lt George Hanley Hutchinson.
2nd MARCH. |
Lt George Hanley Hutchinson.. Age 28. Y Company. Killed in action. Age 28. Born Catterick, N Yorks in 1888.
The son of Teasdale Hilton Hutchinson and his wife Gertrude.
He had joined the 4th battalion in Belgium on May 12th 1915 while they were in reserve trenches at Brandhoek. He fought on the Menin
Road during the great German gas attack of Whit Monday 1915. Whilst the Battalion were at Armentieres on October 27th 1915 Lt Hutchinson was selected
with a party of officers and men to take part in a review by King George at Bailleul.
In February of 1916 during the “Operations at the Bluff” just outside Ypres some trenches were lost to the enemy resulting in an order
on March 2nd for an attack to retake lost ground. At 5-30am “The Bird Cage” was trench mortared and a mine blown under the enemy line.
Lt George Hanley Hutchinson was killed in the fighting that followed. His grave today lies in Poperinge New
2741 Pte Mitchell Albert. Home at N Ormesby, Middlesbrough, N Yorks, place of
enlistment. Born at Stockton on Tees.
Killed in action. Buried Maple Copse Cemetery. |
1812 Pte Tyreman William. Home at Brompton, Northallerton, N Yorks, place of birth and
enlistment. Killed in action. Age 23. Buried at Maple Copse Cemetery.
William's 18 year old brother, Fred, had been killed just four days before.
They had joined up together, having consecutive Battalion numbers and served in the same "Z" Company.
Will had written home on the 28th:-
"Dear Mother, Sisters, and Brother,
It is with a heart nearly broken that I write these few lines home to you to tell you of the sad news of poor Fred being
killed on Sunday, the 27th. Mother, I hardly know how to tell you of the dreadful news......
Well Mother, I cannot tell you more, as I am nearly done up and my eyes are nearly closed, but be brave and ask the Lord
to help you.
Hoping you will write back by return with news from home. Well will write more tomorrow telling you all.
I remain, Your broken-hearted Son."
Wimeraux Communal Cemetery.
Situated about 5k North of Boulogne, it was used as a Hospital cemetery.
5 men of the 4th Yorks Battalion are buried here.
[Picture courtesy of - "WW1Cemeteries.com".].
Capt Sproxton wrote on the 3rd:-|
Dear Mrs. Mitchinson,
After my letter of two days ago I hardly know how I can tell you that your other brother William George Tyerman,
who was in this Company, was fatally wounded in the early hours of the 2nd, and died a short time afterwards in the
Dressing Station. He suffered no pain as the bullet went clean through his lung. He is buried side by side with his
brother and the Christian Burial Service was read over both.
I write to you rather than to his Mother because I understand that she is ill in bed, and I am sure that you will be able
to break this news far better than I could in any letter of mine.
I cannot say how grieved I am that this double tragedy should have fallen on Mrs. Tyerman at such a time. Please express
the most heartfelt sympathy of the Company, Officers and Men - for both boys were very popular.
By this time you will have received William's letter on his brother's death. That letter will be proof enough to you that
he also died a good Christian and a good soldier.
May God be with you all at this awful period."
[Information courtesy of - Northallerton
Diagram of zig-zag lay out of trenches for advantages given on page 11.
3893 Pte Forth Bertie Home at Ainderby Steeple, Northallerton,
N Yorks, town of enlistment. Died of wounds. Age 18. Buried at Railway Dugouts Burial Ground.
A further demonstration was ordered at 5.32 a.m. The Bird Cage opposite was trench mortared and mine sprung.
The enemy retaliated and "enfiladed" [The Bn was in the difficult situation where the Germans were in front and to
the left, enabling them to fire down the length of the trench] our trenches the whole day.
Cross section of general trench pattern to show the relative placings of Reserve, Support, Cover and Fire
Over the course of the War, Trench construction was turned into a fine art, with all kinds of ground and
weather problems to surmount.
Lieut G.H. Hutchinson was killed and 12 other ranks wounded.|
3rd MARCH. The 2 Companies of the Bn in the front line were relieved by the two in reserve.
8th MARCH. 2nd Lt K.L Harris was injured on the 5th, but otherwise all was quiet. On this day the Bn were
relieved by the 8th Bn The Buffs.
11th MARCH. 500 Private E. Broadley of the 4th Battalion was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal "for
conspicuous gallantry and devotion in attending to and removing the wounded to safety on many occasions." London
14th MARCH. On the 9th the Bn had moved to a Hop Factory at Poperinghe,
where they rested in billets and on this day they were brought back by train and went back into close support near Armagh Wood.
1762 Pte Robinson Allan. Home at Coatham Redcar, N Yorks place of birth and enlistment. Died of wounds.
Age 23. Buried at Wimereux Communal [Hospital 5k North of Boulogne] Cemetery.
Major Lindsay Alfred Barrett.
17th MARCH. |
Major Lindsay Alfred Barrett M.C. was killed in action, age 23,
"He was shot through the head and killed instantaneously while going round the trenches preparatory to taking over on Hill 60."
He was the youngest son of Charles Rollo Barrett of Whitehill Hall, [one source says Pelaw House]
Chester-Le-Street, Co Durham; a Justice of the Peace and
Chairman of the Durham County Recruiting Committee. His Mother was Mary Delmar, the daughter of Alfred Barry.
He had been born at Seaham, Co Durham on the 8th July 1891 and educated at Alnmouth Preparatory School, Wellington College.
From there he went straight to join the Regular Army by entering the Royal Military College, Sandhurst.
He was gazetted as a Second Lieutenant in the 1st Battalion of the Northumberland Fusiliers on the 15 March 1911 and served in India.
He went to France with the British Expeditionary Force on the 13th August 1914 and was promoted to Lieutenant on the same date.
During the retreat from Mons he acted as galloper to his Brigadier.
From November 1914 to May 1915 he was Adjutant to the 1st Battalion and from then to December 1915 he was Adjutant of the 6th Bn
On the 1st January 1916 he was appointed to the Divisional Staff as Temporary Major and assumed Command of the 4th Yorks Battalion.|
He had been mentioned in Despatches on 17 Feb 1915 and the 1 Jan 1916 was awarded the Military Cross.
He is buried in Poperinghe New Military Cemetery.
The Adjutant of the 4th Yorks wrote:-
"The way he put his heart into the Battalion, after it had been badly knocked about, was extraordinary and we all think that it was a
very great honour to have been commanded by him"
Lt R.M. Howes and 29 other ranks joined the Bn.
18th MARCH. Major F.F. Deakin took over command of the Battalion.
2 other ranks were wounded.
19th MARCH. 2nd Lt Brentnall and 80 other ranks joined the Battalion.
4757 Pte E Callaghan , aged 32, died. Buried at N Ormesby RC Cemetery, Middlesbrough.
20th MARCH. Relatively quiet but German Trench Mortars into number 47 Bombing sap killed 3 other ranks of
"Z" Company. They are all buried in Railway Dugouts Military Cemetery.:-
Ground plan of Trenches.
2857 Pte Hansell R. Stanley. Home at 5 Arundel St, Redcar Yorks, town of
enlistment. Killed in action. Age 20.
1479 Pte Walker Charles. Home at Brompton, Northallerton, N Yorks, place of birth
and enlistment. Killed in action. Age 20.
3032 Pte Wilbor Richard. Home at Black Swan Yard, Northallerton, N Yorks,
place of enlistment. Killed in action. Age 21. "Z" Company
20th MARCH. The Bn were relieved in the Front line by the 5th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers and moved back to
There it was quiet and they provided working parties until moving on the 25th back to Canada Huts at Dickebusch.