Private John Henry Hutchings 33969 D Company, 13th Battalion, Yorkshire Regiment, was killed in the Bullecourt sector, south east of Arras on 1st January 1918.

Born in Sydenham Dameral in Devon, John was the husband of Blanche Hutchings (nee Jane) of South Battens. The Jane family had lived at Trenhorne and Penhole in North Hill. John and Blanche lived at Nether Trelabe in Linkinhorne parish before moving to Battens and then to Bathpool.

John signed up for the Royal Veterinary Corps in 1916 before being transferred or posted to the Yorkshire Regiment. John is buried at Mory Abbey Cemetery near Arras in France having been killed by shellfire whilst guarding a trench in the Bullecourt sector.

He is remembered on the North Petherwin War Memorial and also on the Launceston War Memorial. These memorials are shown either side of John Henry Hutching's grave in the Mory Abbey Military Cemetery

John's name is also recorded on the Roll of Honour in North Petherwin Church and in St Mary Magdalene Church in Launceston.

The image of Launceston War Memorial was taken by Alan Rosevear.

The images at the top of the page show (L-R): John Henry Hutchings (this mage has been provided by the 'Launceston Then' website); cap badge of the Yorkshire regiment (provided by Richard Harvey - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,; the grave of John Henry Hutchings at Mory Abbey Military Cemetery; British War Medal (WW1)