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Major Edward Hutchison

Biography of Major Edward Hutchison

Edward Hutchison was born in Anderston, Glasgow on 26th February 1871, one of six sons. His mother was Marion Hutchison and his father was Robert Hutchison, a merchant. Edward attended Kelvinside Academy before coming to the University of Glasgow to study Law in 1892, staying for two academic years.

Following his time at university Edward became a Chartered Accountant, eventually becoming partner at the firm Walker & Marwick in Glasgow. He was married to Elizabeth Katherine and had two sons.

Before the First World War Edward was a Major of the Volunteer Battalion of the Scottish Rifles. Upon the outbreak of the conflict he took command of the D Company, 17th Highland Light Infantry. The D Company was made up of businesses and trades from around Glasgow. Their training commenced in September 1914, initially the company was based in Troon before moving to England.

In November 1915 he was shipped to France and by December was on the front line, spending Christmas and New Year in the trenches. The 17th Highland Light Infantry played an important role in the Battle of the Somme, taking the Leipzig Redoubt. However it suffered heavy losses, particularly in the D Company. It was during the first day of battle, 1st July, that Major Edward Hutchison was killed. He is buried in the Bouzincourt Communal Cemetery, close to David Tindal, another University of Glasgow student who was in the 17th Highland Light Infantry.

Summary

Major Edward Hutchison
Rank: Major
Regiment: Highland Light Infantry - Chamber Of Commerce Battalion
Degree: Alumnus
Awards: N/A
Comments: Killed in action at Somme 1 July 1916
Note/Press Clipping: Ch 4/4/2/3/721
Photo ID: Ch 4/4/2/2/104

Sources

http://ww1photos.com/Books/PDF_17thHLI.html

HLI Chronicle

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