William Leslie Hutton was serving in the 13th Battalion. Royal Scots when he was killed in action on 22nd August 1917, he had previously served in the 21st Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Own).
On the night of 20th August, the battalion moved into the front line trenches, with their right boundary on the Ypres Roulers railway and companies holding the Frenzenberg ridge, they carried with them two days rations in addition to the emergency ration, the relief was completed at 02:30hrs on the 21st August. The rest of that day was spent under cover in the trenches before the battalion prepared for an attack against the enemy, by 03:30hrs all companies were in position and, at 04:45hrs on 22nd August, launched the attack. An account of the action is held in the war diary.
The battalion left the line on the 23rd August, their spell in the trenches had cost them, officers: 3 killed, 4 wounded, 2 missing and from other ranks: 16 killed, 137 wounded, 113 missing.
William was the fourth born of Albert and Harriet Hutton’s six children all of which were boys. In 1911 they lived at 2 Albert Road, Queensbury. He was aged 19 when he was killed and having no known grave is commemorated on the TYNE COT MEMORIAL (Panel 11 to 14 and 162).
His brother, Arthur Hutton died of wounds on 14 October 1916, he was aged 19 and serving in the 21st Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Own).