Son of A. W. Hutton (Manager for John Russell & Co and works manager for Cyclops), Wayside, Streetly, Sutton Coldfield. b. 1891.
Upper IV B—Science Form.
Birmingham University; B.Sc. 1912.
Engineer (John Russell & Co., Ltd.).
Great War, 2nd Lieutenant 5th Bn. South Staffordshire Regiment.
He was employed with John Russell & Co., Ltd.. as Assistant Engineer, during which time he showed exceptional ability, both technically and in the handling of men: volunteered on the outbreak of war: was gazetted 2nd Lieut. 5th South Staffordshire Regt. 26 Aug. 1914, and promoted Lieut. May, 1915; went to France in March 1915 and was killed in action during an attack on the Hohenzollern Redoubt 13 Oct. following.
His Colonel wrote: “He was one of the most promising officers in the battalion, and his name would shortly have been sent forward for promotion to Captain. If there was any responsible work which required careful attention, I could always depend upon his doing it thoroughly, and I had the greatest confidence in him. His quiet modest demeanour was an additional claim on the regard which we all had for him, and I can assure you that all his surviving comrades feel his death as a keen personal
loss. Of all the subalterns I lost on 13 October, your son was the one I could spare least. Universally popular, full of promise, and with a quiet reserve of strength, he will long live in our memories.”
Memorial at St. Matthew's Church, Church Hill, Walsall:
IN MEMORY OF/ JOHN BARNABAS HUTTON/ LIEUT. 5TH BATT. SOUTH STAFFS. REGT./ TERRITORIAL FORCE/ KILLED IN THE ATTACK ON/ THE HOHENZOLLERN REDOUBT IN FRANCE/ OCT 13TH 1915. AGED 24./ A TRIBUTE OF HIGH ESTEEM FROM/ THE STAFF AND WORKMEN AT/ THE CYCLOPS AND NEW SIDE IRONWORKS/ "Greater love hath no man than this that/ a man lay down his life for his friends."