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A Hero's Welcome

 

Coventry's only recipient of the Victoria Cross medal during the First World War has received a hero's welcome... 

Arthur Hutt joined the Territorials in 1909 and was sent to France with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment in March 1915.

On 4 October 1917 his platoon took part in an attack near Poelcapelle in Belgium during the battle of Passchendaele. Hutt took command when all the officers and non-commissioned officers were wounded or killed. The platoon was under fire from a German strongpoint which Hutt ran forward alone and captured. He then covered the withdrawal of the platoon and rescued several wounded men.

Arthur Hutt was awarded the Victoria Cross for his bravery. He was the only man from Coventry to win this award during the war. He died in Coventry in 1964 and was cremated at Canley Crematorium with full military honours. There is a memorial and a commemorative paving stone to Hutt in the War Memorial Park.

 

Arthur's impressive collection of medals will be on display at the Herbert until the end of May. 

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