Private William Nutter
75450 Royal Army Medical Corps
Died of wounds as a P.O.W. 29th May 1918, aged 22
Lived at 22 Daneshouse Road
Buried in Marfaux
British Cemetery, France
William Nutter was born in Burnley the son
of Robert and Elizabeth Nutter of 55 Spencer Street (who also later lived
at 12, Daneshouse Road), Burnley. He enlisted at Burnley as Private 75450
in the Royal Army Medical Corps. He died of wounds aged 22 on Wednesday
29th May 1918. He is buried at Marfaux British Cemetery, Marne , France
grave in I D 4.
The Burnley Express of July 13th 1918 reported that:-
“Mr Nutter, 12 Daneshouse Road Burnley has heard that his son, Pte.
William Nutter (21) R.A.M.C. is wounded.. Pte. Nutter is also missing.
He joined up in October 1916 and was drafted on active service on August
11th 1916. Formerly he worked at the tram shed.
Corpl. Edwards wrote to Mr Nutter as follows on June 3rd. “I don’t
know if you heard from your son Willie lately. If not, you will be sorry
to hear that he was wounded on May 26th. It happened during the night-time.
The Germans started shelling the camp we were in, and a shell landed very
close to the hut, a piece caught him in the hip. I’m sorry I have
not been able to let you know before, but I had to go up the line the
same night, and have only just come down again. I have not heard any more
definite news of him since, beyond the fact that one of our fellows saw
him again at the C.C.S. we evacuated him to, and he was much more cheerful,
so I am hoping that they managed to send him down the line, in which case
it is quite possible that you will hear news of him before us, because
he is almost sure to get across to ‘Blighty’. However I trust
he is getting on well, and should we hear any more news of him I will
certainly let you know. Before I left him he promised to let me know how
he got on, as having worked with him for the last twelve months or so
it feels very strange to be back again with the ambulance to-day and not
to have him with us. I trust you will accept the sympathy of all of us,,
and also our wishes that he will have a speedy recovery.” Pte. Nutter’s
Colonel has written: “He was badly wounded whilst in the performance
of his duty, and was evacuated to No. 48 Clearing Station. I regret I
have no further news of his movements after the 27th May. Your son was
one of the best men under my command. He was a great loss to this unit.”
William Nutter was christened at St Peter’s Church on 20/6/1897.
His parents were Robert and Elizabeth Nutter of 55 Spencer Street. His
father’s occupation was listed as carter.
November 2001- William Nutter - RAMC - a white cross in memory placed
for Remembrance Sunday outside the Thompson Centre.