Roll of Honour


John Hutchinson


John Hutchinson was born on the 11th July 1895 in Govan, Lanarkshire, the fifth son to Joseph Hendry Hutchinson (1852-1935), who worked as a Commercial Traveller, and Annie Hutchinson (née Bell). He was educated at Govan High School and Bellahouston Academy. In Govan High School he was a successful athlete and played football. In 1915, at Bellahouston Academy, he was the school champion in athletics and captain of the football team. His success in sport went beyond school and he played football for Glasgow, captaining the team in 1915. He also played water polo and was a member of the YMCA team which won the Water Polo League.

Memorial chapel at the University of Glasgow
The Memorial Chapel at the University of Glasgow

John came to the University of Glasgow in 1915 to start a degree in Medicine. It appears that he didn't stay at the University for very long as he enlisted in October 1915. During army training, at Ripon and Richmond, he continued to play football and other sports, even winning some prizes in them. Private John Hutchinson went to the front on 18th July 1916 and died of his wounds at No. 101 Field Ambulance station just over a month later on 26th August 1916, aged 21.

John Hutchinson is remembered on the Roll of Honour at Govan Baptist Church and Govan High School, and is buried in the Quarry Cemetery at Montauban, near Albert, France. Some of his letters were preserved in the wallet of a friend, James Nicholson, who enlisted at the same time as John and survived the war.

Comments and Citations

Biography: With thanks to Ian McCracken who pointed out existence of online material relating to John Hutchinson and James Nicholson.

University of Glasgow Registry and Faculty Records.

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