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Matthew Shutt

6801 Corporal

5th Battalion, (Royal Irish) Lancers, 3rd Cavalry Brigade, 2nd Cavalry Division

Age: 34

Date of Death: 25.5.15

Buried: Menin Gate Memorial Panel 5

Family history: Husband of Agnes Birnie Dickson (formerly Shutt), Sunnyside Cottages, Polmont. Son of the late William & Mary Shutt.

He was employed as a Vanman and was a reservist of four years when war began having previously being eight years with the colours.

The action leading to his death

On the 24 May 1915, the regiment left their billets in Vlamertinghe and marched through Ypres to the Ecole De Bienfaissance were they rested in the cellars.

(Linesman Map. showing trench positions at 1 April 1917. The trench lines had remained stagnant from July 1915)

At 9pm they marched to the frontline trenches to the south of the Menin Road at Hooge where they relieved the 9th Lancers. The War Diary reports that on the 25 May the sniping from the enemy was ‘very insistent’ and recorded two other ranks killed and twelve wounded.

Medals Awarded:

1914 Star, The British War Medal, Victory Medal

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