James Cutter



Jun 28, 1896

Born at Hadstock, Cambridge, England


Mar 25, 1916

Attested into the 91st Battalion at St Thomas Ontario 

Ø      Number 190107

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs Emma Farrant, mother, of 43 Bartlow End, Haverhill, England

Ø      Previous occupation given as Boilermaker

Ø      Previous military experience given as 1 year in the 25th Regiment Canadian Militia at St Thomas

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to “A” Company


Jun 28, 1916

Embarked the RMS Olympic at Halifax Nova Scotia


Jun 6, 1916 Disembarked at Liverpool England and proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent


Jul 15, 1916

Transferred to the 12th Reserve Battalion at West Sandling


Aug 21, 1916

Transferred to the 75th Battalion 

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at the Rouelles Camp, Havre France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 75th Battalion


Oct 8, 1916

While still at the CBD, Pte Cutter was transferred to and TOS the 21st Battalion


Oct 9, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion in billets at Fieffes.  Their War Diary records “about 80 reinforcements were received”.  The Battalion was in desperate need of those reinforcements after the heavy losses at Courcelette.  He was assigned to No 6 Platoon, “B” Company


Apr 9, 1917

During the advance on Vimy Ridge, Pte Cutter was wounded and removed first to a Field Ambulance for first aid, then to the No 22 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) for further treatment


Apr 11, 1917

Pte Cutter died of his wounds while at the No 22 CCS 

Bruay Communal Cemetery Extension
Bruay France

The plate at the base of the headstone reads

"In memory
of my brother
Pte James Cutter
No 191107, 75th BTTN
Canadian, Killed in Action on
April 11, 1917"

Following the war, the British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to his sister, Mrs ML Fenn, at 441 Talbot St, St Thomas Ontario. 

The Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs Farrant, at 43 Burton End, Haverhill, Suffolk, England


The Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny)

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