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Hutchinson, J.T., Pte., 1918
In Bonnay Communal Cemetery Extension is the Commonwealth War Grave of 3052 Private John Thomas Hutchinson, serving with the Australian Infantry, A.I.F. who died 24/04/1918.

John Hutchinson, of Birtley Shields, was “killed in action in France on the 24th of April 1918 by the bursting of a shell. He left home six years ago (in 1912) for the purpose of farming in Australia, spending most of his time in Adelaide and Queensland. He gave great promise as a successful farmer, being naturally endowed with distinct ability, together with a good judgement and an exceptional capacity for business. He volunteered for military service in November, 1916, joining the Australian Imperial Force. Coming to England to complete his training, he left for France in June, and since that time he has seen a good deal of fighting. He took part in the big offensive which was lead by the Australians last October and again in March of this year. He has died a brave soldier, giving his life for the defence of the homeland in the noblest cause of honour, freedom and righteousness."
North Tyne Magazine, Vol.XXVIII, no.302, June 1918, pages 2-3.

The CWGC entry for Private Hutchinson

If you know more about this person, please send the details to janet@newmp.org.uk