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Rear Admiral Reginald Maurice James Hutton C.B., C.B.E., D.S.O., & 2 Bars


His death occurred on Thursday 18th January aged 73 at Oak Lawn, Woodside, Wootton. He was born in Disley, Cheshire, entering the Royal Naval College, Osborne in 1913 and fought at the battle of Jutland in 1917 as a midshipman. Promoted to captain in 1940 taking command of the destroyer HMS Laforey that was based at Gibraltar. During 1941 & 1942 he was involved in the invasion of Madagascar, relief of Malta, invasion of North Africa, the assault on Sicily and covered the landings of the Fifth Army at Salerno.

In 1943 he was promoted to Commodore of the Home Fleet based at Scapa Flow.
Commanding destroyer escorts on Russian convoys, and in 1944 taking part in the invasion of France. Awarded C.B.E. in 1945 and appointed chief of staff, to the Naval Commander-in-Chief, Germany. He was awarded the D.S.O. with two bars by King George V1 in March 1948 and was mentioned in dispatches three times. Between 1949 & 1950 he commanded the aircraft carrier Triumph and saw service in the Mediterranean and Far East. In 1950 promoted to flag rank and was a senior Naval member at Imperial Defence College, London. Awarded the C.B. in 1951, retiring from the Navy in 1952 after almost 40 years service.

Around 1964 he took up residence in Arundel, Sussex prior to moving to the family home at Oak Lawn in Wootton where he became a member of St Edmunds parochial church council.

At the funeral on Monday 27th January, at St Edmunds Church with the Rev. George Rayner officiating, there were 20 family mourners with friends and naval comrades, members of the crew of HMS Laforey, Royal Victoria Yacht Club and Wootton & Fairlee Ratepayers Association.

Source: Isle of Wight County Press, January 1973

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