From Hoole History and Heritage Society



Regiment: Signals, Royal Engineers

Rank: Sapper

Number: 151747

Died: 17 October 1916

Aged: 23

Buried/Memorial: Upanga Road, Dar Es Salaam Tanzania

Address: 62 West Street, Hoole

London & North Western Railway Gazette p38 December 1916

It is with deep regret that we have to record the death of Sapper Hugh Dutton, Signal Telegraph Section RE, who died from dysentery in German East Africa on October 17th 1916.

Dutton entered this company’s service on May 1st 1908, as a telegraph messenger at Chester, later was transferred to the Traffic Inspector’s Office as Call Boy and on May 21st 1915, he was transferred to the Salaried Staff. He acted as Summer Telegraph Clerk at Llandudno during the season 1915, and was then transferred to Mold Junction as Traffic Clerk, from which place he joined the Colours on February 8th 1916.

Dutton was a very promising railway servant and was well liked by his colleagues in every department in which he worked.

A funeral service was held in St Barnabas’ Church Chester on Sunday evening October 29th, which was attended by a large number of railwaymen.

Our deepest sympathy goes out to the sorrowing family in their sad bereavement.

The 1911 Census shows Hugh as a 16-year-old Railway Exchange Attendant living at 29 West Street Newton with his father John, an engineering smith in hydraulics, mother Eliza, his sisters Eva and Edith, along with two boarders.