Topic: Leslie Bertram Hutton

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An electrical engineer who volunteered and fought with the Canterbury Infrantry Battalion in World War One.

  • Leslie Bertram Hutton Service number: 6/72
  • First served with the Canterbury Infantry Battalion (Main Body)
  • Born: 4th August, 1889 Otahuhu, near Auckland
  • Died: 15th of August 1972 aged 83 years
  • Residence: 28 Hastings street, Sydenham, Christchurch, NZ (After marriage in 1916)
  • Profession: Electrical Engineer
  • Family Details: Leslie Bertram Hutton was the son of George Betram Hutton and Lillian Maude Hutton (address given as 49 Drayton Gardens, South Kensignton, London SW on enlistment forms). He had three brothers: Norman Howard Hutton; Claude Harold Hutton and Kenneth Murray Hutton. He married Melvina Antoinette Miles in 1916 when he was granted a commission and returned to New Zealand to bring out a reinforcement. He would latter become the father of Donald Miles Hutton and Majorie Leslie Newton.
  • Service record: In August 1914 he enlisted as a private in the 1st Canterbury Infantry Regiment of the Main Body, serving in Egypt and on Gallipoli where he was wounded on the 25th of April 1915, but still attained the rank of company sergeant-major. On the return of New Zealand troops to Egypt, he was one of six non-commissioned officers chosen from the brigade by General Johnson to be granted a commission and return to New Zealand to bring out a reinforcement. He later joined his unit in France and was promoted to the rank of Captain on the 6th of September 1918. He was awarded the Military Cross on the 15th of November 1918 and received mention from the Secretary of State for War.

Extract taken from Supplement to the London Gazette, 30 July, 1919...

Capt. Leslie Bertram Hutton, 2nd Bn. Cant. R.

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. On October 5th, 1918, at the St. Quentin Canal he led a patrol through the village of Vaucelles and the trench system in this vicinity which established the fact of the enemy's withdrawal. He then saw the commander of the troop on the spot and succeeded in getting him to advance his men. In the operations of the October 8, it was largely due to his driving spirit and resolution that his company stormed the road south of Lesdain, inflicting many casualties and securing over 300 prisoners. His dashing leadership and courage have always been a strong incentive to all ranks under his command.

  • Leslie Bertram Hutton embrarked for New Zealand on the 2nd of April 1919 and resumed his duties as an electrical engineering for the Public Works Department. He was the author of many technical and semi-technical papers. In 1958 he helped edit The Engineering History of Electric Supply in New Zealand.
  • In recognition of his outstanding services to the profession Mr Hutton was awarded the NZ Institution of Engineers' F W MacLean Citation in 1959. 


Related Resources

Leslie Bertram Hutton, Online Cenotaph, Auckland War Memorial Museum

Leslie Bertram Hutton, Military personnel file, Archway, Archives New Zealand

Leslie Bertram Hutton, Military personnel file, Archway, Archives New Zealand

Leslie Bertram Hutton, IPENZ Engineering Heritage New Zealand Biography. Extract from New Zealand Engineering, October 1972, p 326

Leslie Bertram Hutton,  New Zealand Engineering, October 1972, p 326


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Leslie Bertram Hutton

First Names:Leslie Bertram
Last Name:Hutton
Place of Birth:Otahuhu, near Auckland, New Zealand