64337 Sergeant James Halstead Nutter, MM.

Royal Army Medical Corps. Awarded the Military Medal in the London Gazette of 22 January 1917. Nutter was a native of Burnley, Lancashire.

The Burnley News. Saturday, January 27, 1917 reported: -


As we announced on Wednesday, Mr. and Mrs. Nutter, of Scarrs Farm, Brierciffe, have recently learned that their son-Sergt. James Nutter, of the R.A.M.C.-has been awarded the military medal for gallantry and devotion to day while in France. Sergt. Nutter was brought up at the above farm, and as a lad attended the Briercliffe Council School for seven years, and then the Burnley Grammar School, while later he spent two years at the Chester Training College for Teachers, at the close of which period he became a teacher in St. Paul's School, Burnley, but he has been engaged in scholastic duties in Durham for the last five years prior to enlisting.
It was only in September, 1915, that he enlisted as a private, but by Easter, 1916, he had become a sergeant. During last August, he went to France, where his devotion to duty and his rapid removal of wounded from the trenches has repeatedly earned him compliments from his superiors. Sergt. Nutter-a fine specimen of healthy manhood-is very modest about his exploits, and very little more can be got from him other than "there is a lot to do, and I try to relieve all the suffering I can." However, one incident has become known, which is as follows: - "On October 23rd and 24th, he and his stretcher-bearers had worked hard, with very little food for two days, fetching in wounded till quite dark, then there was one wounded soldier left for whom there were no bearers. Sergt. Nutter carried the man on his back through the sticky mud, about eight inches deep, for two miles". He spent two months in those trenches without a break. A spell of influenza forced Sergt. Nutter to the hospital, but he is now all right, and is attached to the School of Sanitation as an instructor.
It was on New Year's Day when he received the ribbon for his medal - a very auspicious beginning of the year. There are three other brothers serving in the Army – Pte. Henry Nutter is in the R.H.A. attached to the Anti-Aircraft guns; Pte. Geoffrey Nutter, also Ant-Aircraft Section; an Pte. Eric Nutter who is in the R.H.A. at Woolwich.

The Burnley News. Wednesday, February 21, 1917 reported: -

The Burnley Elementary Education sub Committee have directed that a communication expressing their condolence and sympathy be forwarded to Mr. and Mrs. Nutter, of Scars Farm, Briercliffe, in the bereavement they have sustained in the loss of their two sons, Harry and Geoffrey, both killed in action; also that the committee's congratulations be tendered to Mr. and Mrs. Nutter in respect of the award of the Military Medal to their son James for gallantry.

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