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Private James Hutchinson VC

Pte Hutchinson Vc

To mark the 100th Anniversary of the award of the Victoria Cross to Private James Hutchinson a plaque was unveiled on Sunday 3rd July 2016 at the Torquay War Memorial and is now available for all to see. 

His citation:

For most conspicuous bravery. During an attack on the enemy’s position this soldier was the leading man, and, entering their trench, shot two sentries and cleared two of the traverses.

After our object had been gained and retirement ordered, Private Hutchinson, on his own initiative, undertook the dangerous task of covering the retirement, and he did this with such gallantry and determination that the wounded were removed into safety. During all this time this gallant soldier was exposed to fierce fire from machine-guns and rifles at close quarters.


James Hutchinson lived until 1972, spending most of his post war life in Torquay. 


The Royal British Legion is the UK's leading Armed Forces charity and one of its largest membership organisations. Members get together through the network of branches and clubs all over the country and overseas to participate in social, fundraising and welfare activities.

Torquay Branch meet at 7.30pm on the 3rd Thursday of each month at the Conservative Club, Manor Road, St Marychurch.  You are very welcome to join us, for more information contact us on - 01803 316931.

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Branch Contact Information

St Annes Hall,  St Annes Road, Babbacombe, Torquay, TQ1 3NU,  

Telephone: 01803 316931


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