Lieutenant Donald Herbert Hutchison

Lieutenant Donald Herbert Hutchison, born 1895 the son of James David Hutchison, a well-known businessman and silk merchant in Yokohama, Japan and his wife, Emily Mary (nee Marshall).

Donald attended Merchiston College, Edinburgh and was a very popular student. He was Captain of School for 2 years and

Lieutenant D.H. Hutchison

Forward in the XV for 4. He was 6 feet in height, strong, with powers of endurance; always playing the game cleanly and with admirable skill. Donald was killed in action on 10th August 1915, the day before his birthday, age 19

From the Regimental Diary: "Lieutenant Hutchison was killed whilst in command of the Battalion Machine Gun Section, which he had only taken over on the day of the attack. His death was felt keenly by all ranks. Posted to B Company at the end of 1914, he had been one of the first officers to be sent out by the 2nd Battalion. The qualities of sportsmanship that had made him a distinguished leader in games at the College had stood him in good stead in France, and he was in every way a most capable and promising young officer. He was one of those to whom was given, in a most peculiar degree, the gift of making himself loved by all." Grave Reference: XVI. H. 11. Hooge Crater Cemetery.

By permission of  Nick Blair of Merchiston College and Nick Balmer