Horace Hutchins

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Jan 28, 1868

Born at Fenlon Falls Ontario


Aug 7, 1915

Shown on the payroll of the 59th Battalion with the rank of Captain


Nov 22, 1915

Transferred to the 109th Battalion


Nov 23, 1915

TOS (Taken On Strength) the 109th Battalion


Feb 1, 1916

Promoted to the Provisional Rank of Major


Feb 23, 1916

Attested into the 109th Battalion at Fenlon Falls Ontario 

Ø      Rank of Major

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs Mary Jane Hutchins (wife) of Kemptville Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Livery Man

Ø      Previous military experience given as 8 years in the 56th Regiment, Lisgar Rifles

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian 

On enlistment he stated that he had 1 dependent son (adopted), Dewey Wellman, age 17 years


Jun 7, 1916

Confirmed in the rank of Major


Jul 23, 1916

Embarked the RMS Olympic at Halifax Nova Scotia


Jul 31, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England and proceeded to the Borden Camp


Aug 16, 1916

The 109th Battalion moved to the Bramshott Camp


Dec 24, 1916

Transferred to the General List of Officers with the Adjutant General’s Office


Dec 29, 1916

Attached to the 27th Battalion for Instructional Purposes


Jan 6, 1917

Rejoined the Adjutant General’s Office


Mar 8, 1917

Attached to the 21st Battalion for Instructional Purposes


Mar 20, 1917

TOS the 21st Battalion and carried as a Supernumerary Officer


Apr 9, 1917

During the advance on Vimy Ridge, Major Hutchins was first reported Missing in Action, then later declared to have been Killed in Action.  His body was never recovered, or if so, was never identified and is commemorated on the Vimy Ridge Memorial, Vimy Ridge France

Post war, the following were sent to Mrs Eliza Martin at Kemptville Ontario 

British War Medal
Victory Medal 

The Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll, along with a Memorial Cross were sent to his brother, Levi Hutchins, at 820 Nelson St, Vancouver British Columbia.  The Memorial Cross was for his wife who had subsequently passed away.  There was no Memorial Cross issued for his mother, as she had pre-deceased him


Oct 25, 1918

Major Hutchins’ widow, Mary Jane Hutchins, died at Kemptville Ontario


Above is from A Surgeon in Arms, by Dr RJ Manion MC, the 21st Battalion Surgeon April 9, 1917.  Below is the War Memorial at North Grenville District High School, Kemptville Ontario

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