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John Mutter D.C.M.

Updated: Mar 29, 2023

2977 Trooper

‘C’ Squadron, 2 Dragoons, The Royal Scots Greys, 5th Cavalry Brigade, 2nd Cavalry Division

Age: 27

Date of Death: Died of Wounds received in action on 20th November 1914. gun shot wound to the abdomen.

Buried: Menin Gate Memorial, Panel 5

Family history: The son of Robert and Mary Mutter of Iron Cottage, Maddiston, Polmont. He was employed as a machine man at Craigend Colliery. He had previously served for seven years, spending five years in India and completed his service in South Africa before joining the reserve. He also had two brothers serving, an eighteen year old with the Scots Guards and another with the R.A.M.C.

The action that lead to his death & award of the D.C.M.

‘C’ Squadron were in the trenches in front of Wolverghem on 19 November 1914, he was mortally wounded while carrying a comrade on a stretcher from the firing line, having volunteered for the duty saying that he was stronger than the man who had been detailed for the work. He was buried at La Clytte Military Cemetery but his body was subsequently lost in later fighting.

War Dairy

In a letter to his father Squadron Quartermaster-Sergeant J Andis, 'C' Squadron, Royal Scots Greys, wrote: 'All ranks in the squadron wish to express to you their deepest sympathy, and at the same time congratulate you on having such a brave son, who gave up his life for a comrade and his country. It gives us all satisfaction to know that had he lived he would have been able to wear the Distinguished Conduct Medal, which he so gallantly won.'

Writing to his mother to convey the news of the award of the D.C.M. Captain J Hardy, Adjutant, Royal Scots Greys wrote: 'On behalf of the officer commanding the Royal Scots Greys, I am directed to express our sympathy with you on the loss of your son, and at the same time to express our pride at the gallant deed for which he has been so suitably honoured.'

Map showing positions

(Linesman Map)

Medals Awarded

1914 Star with Clasp, British Medal, Victory Medal, Distinguished Conduct Medal

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