Personal info

  • Name: Albert James HUTCHISON
  • D.O.B: 11th September, 1891
  • D.O.A: 2nd April, 1917
  • D.O.D: 4th January, 1988
  • Award: Albert Medal translated to George Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Sergeant, 2/6th Battalion, The Highland Light Infantry
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The Curragh, Ireland 2 April 1917

2 April 1917

Sergeant A J Hutchison safely disposed of a live grenade after a mishap on 2 April 1917 during bombing practice at The Curragh in County Kildare, south-west of Dublin.

Citation

 The KING has been graciously pleased to award the Decoration of the Albert Medal to the undermentioned Officers and Non-Commissioned Officers of His Majesty’s Forces serving in France or elsewhere in recognition of their gallantry in saving life:– Sergeant Albert Hutchinson, Highland Light Infantry. At the Curragh Camp, Ireland, on the 2nd April, 1917, during bombing practice, a live grenade hit the parapet of the trench and fell back at the feet of the man who had thrown it. The man was too terrified to move, and obstructed the efforts of Sergeant Hutchinson to pick up the bomb. After the fuse had been burning for three seconds, Sergeant Hutchinson managed to push the man away, pick up the bomb, and throw it over the parapet, where it immediately exploded. But for Sergeant Hutchinson’s coolness and gallantry the man would undoubtedly have been killed or severely injured. 

The London Gazette of 4 January 1918, Numb. 30457, p. 274

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