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Harry Knight Hutton

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Harry Knight AWMM
  • Surname
    Hutton AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Scotty AWMM
  • Service number
    NZD 1903 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    15 December 1921 AWMM EdinburghScotland AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs Harriet Knight Hutton (mother) AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 1 October 1940 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • Indian Ocean (Naval) AWMM
    • Mediterranean (Naval) AWMM
    • 1939-1945 WW2 AWMM
    • Malta Convoys AWMM
    • Solomon Islands Campaign AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Navy AWMM
  • Service number
    NZD 1903 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 4 May 1940 AWMM
    Age 18 AWMM
    Furniture shop assistant/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Dental, Unknown Period AWMM
      False teeth AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Aluminium poisoning from painting fresh water tanks on Black Prince AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Fell down a ladder at midnight during a cyclone owing to oil on the ladder. AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Admitted to the Philomel Hospital AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Husband of Mae

    After arriving in Sydney on board the HMS Achilles Mr Hutton then boarded the 'Strathmore' in Melbourne to Ceylon. He then took the train through India where he joined HMS Leander in Bombay India.

    Mr Hutton notes that he turned down a Good Conduct Medal after the Kula Gulf conflict. He had been "down below" for 12 1/2 hours, with no food or drink and when approached was in a state of shock. He now wishes he had been given the opportunity to think about it.

    Mr Hutton was involved in a number of different battles. These include the capture of the Charles L.D. (Vinchy-French) in the Indian Ocean and the sinking of Ramb I (Italian), also in the Indian Ocean.

    In the Solomon Islands Mr Hutton was part of the Battle of Kula Gulf. In this battle the Leander was part of a task force, consisting of the USS Honolulu, USS St. Louis and some destroyers, against the Tokyo Express. Leander was hit by a long lance torpedo resulting in a hole 600 sq. feet. They were hit in the boiler room in which Mr Hutton was meant to be but had been moved just prior to the action in order to train a new stoker. As a result they lost all power and steam. After a struggle they finally limped into Tulgai assisted by USS Radford. A concrete barrier was placed around the damaged section (the stokers mess deck). They finally arrived in Auckland, via Santos, and went into dry dock.

    Cenotaph record initially prepared with the serviceman in 1999 AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    28 June 2011 AWMM
    Age 89 AWMM
    AucklandNew Zealand AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death notice: New Zealand Herald, 30 June 2011 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • External links
  • References
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      Death notice: New Zealand Herald, 30 June 2011 AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM

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