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Corporal Arthur Hutt V C

Published Friday, 29 September 2017

An engraved paving stone will be unveiled in front of the Corporal Arthur Hutt VC Memorial, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the award, and to remember those who fell in battle.

In the absence of the Lord Mayor, Councillor Tony Skipper, the Deputy Lord Mayor, Councillor John Blundell, will step forward to unveil the paving stone for the 100th anniversary on Wednesday 4 October at 12noon in the War Memorial Park, Kenilworth Road.

The unveiling of the commemorative paving stone is to honour Corporal Hutt's bravery and also gives an opportunity to remember the Coventry men who did not make it through battle. 

Representatives from Coventry City Council, relatives of Corporal Hutt VC and ex-servicemen and women will attend the service, which is open to all members of the public. It is hoped the people of Coventry will attend to show their respects to the only Coventry born Victoria Cross recipient.

During the service a relative of Corporal Hutt’s will read the citation which explains the circumstances in which Corporal Hutt was given the award. 

The Deputy Lord Mayor, Councillor John Blundell commented on behalf of the Lord Mayor: "The memorial is something very special, and will mark a great occasion. The commemorative paving stone is even better. This is a fantastic opportunity to show respect, and remember how important the lost comrades were, and still are to us. 

"It will also be a pleasure to unveil the commemorative paving stone in the absence of the Lord Mayor. It is important to acknowledge milestones such as this. This will add to the sense of community that Coventry already boasts. The memorial will allow new generations to appreciate previous ones who did so much for the city. 

The Lord Mayor, Councillor Tony Skipper, commented: "I am extremely sorry I will not be able to attend the service. I look forward to visiting the memorial.

It is a great honour for Coventry City Council to host this event."

The citation reads:

No. 267110 Pte. Arthur Hutt, E. War. E. (Earlsdon, Coventry). For most conspicuous bravery and initiative in attack, when all the officers and non-- commissioned officers of No. 2 platoon having-, become casualties, Pte. Hutt took command, of and led forward the platoon. He was held up by a strong post on his right, but immediately ran forward alone in front of the platoon and shot the officer and three men in the post, causing between forty and. fifty others to surrender. Later, realising that he had pushed too* far, he withdrew his party. He personally covered the withdrawal by sniping the enemy,, killing a number and then carried back a badly wounded man and put him under shelter. Pte. Hutt then organised and consolidated his position, and learning that some wounded* men were lying out and likely to become prisoners if left there, no stretcher bearers being available, he went out and carried in four wounded men under heavy fire. 

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