5th May 1916

On 5th May 1916, Second Lieutenant Gerald Alexander Dutton was accidentally killed in a training accident on Jersey, and is buried on the island in St Peter’s Churchyard. He was serving with the 4th Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment, which moved from Lichfield to Jersey as soon as war broke out in August 1914. The battalion remained in Jersey until transferring to Marske, near Redcar in September 1916.

Gerald Dutton was born in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire in 1898, to parents Samuel (a relay clerk with the General Post Office, born in Liverpool) and Alice. Gerald was the middle of the couple’s three children, having an older sister, Marjorie Elsie (born 1896), and a younger brother, Ian James Victor (1900-1982). The family is recorded as being in Haverfordwest on the 1901 and 1911 census but, as Gerald’s name is included on war memorials and Hampton-in-Arden and Solihull School, the Duttons must have moved to the area sometime between 1911 and 1914.

It’s known that Gerald was gazetted Second Lieutenant with the 4th Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment in November 1915, when he would have been 19 years old.

If you have any further information on the family, please let us know.

Tracey
Heritage & Local Studies Librarian

tel.: 0121 704 6934
email: heritage@solihull.gov.uk

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