Topic: Ernest Edward Lutton

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Ernest Edward Lutton (Service No. 27024) was a First World War soldier with links to the Waltham area.

Ernest Edward Lutton was born April 24th 1885. He was working in Christchurch as a labourer for Ward & Co brewery when war broke out. He was living on Colombo Street in the suburb of Edgeware. He had a rose tattooed on one forearm and the Queen of Hearts tattooed on the other. Married to Mrs K.M. Lutton in 1909, they had four children - two boys and two girls. When he joined the army, his youngest child was only six months old.

Ernest did a few things in training in New Zealand before leaving for England by ship on the HMNZT65. He became Corporal of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Canterbury Infantry Regiment, 2nd Battalion. Ernest suffered a series of injuries, the first an injury of a "trivial nature", when  he "stood on something that exploded". later on he recieved a shoulder injury in combat, as well as coming down with lymphangitis.

In April 1918 he signed a will with the Public Trust, and four months later he was dead. Ernest Edward Lutton was killed in action on the 27th of August 1918, in Bupame, France. He was just 34 years old and his eldest child was just 7. He was buried in Grevillers British Cemetary in Pas-de-Calais, France. In 1921 he was awarded the British Medal, and in 1922 he was awarded the Victory Medal.   

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Ernest Edward Lutton

First Names:Ernest Edward
Last Name:Lutton
Place of Birth:Christchurch