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Bertie James Utting, M.M. Sgt. Rifle Brigade.


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Bertie James Utting born 1888 in Great Yarmouth was a pre-war professional soldier attesting in 1906. He didn't use his middle name James whilst in the army.

Served as Serjeant 1615 in 1st Battalion Rifle Brigade and killed in action 30th October 1918 tragically close to the Armistice.

His Military Medal was Gazetted 12th June 1918.

I wondered if any Rifle Brigade specialists in the forum could please help me discover further details of his Military Medal award?

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have you tried local papers ? sites like FMP or britrishnewspaper archive for example

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Many thanks Coldstreamer. Will try newspapers as you kindly suggested.

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According to Williamson and Bate, the MM's gazetted in the 12 Jun 1918 LG were for actions in the second half of March 1918.

Some were for actions at FREMICOURT and WIELTJE on 18 Mar 1918, the majority relate to the widespread Kaiserschlacht events of 21-26 Mar 1918.

Wiser RB experts may be able to be more specific.

Cheers,

Mark

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Many thanks Mark.

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  • 5 weeks later...

Utting won his MM for the actions of the night of 28th/29th March during the German attack on Arras which failed.

"Two machine guns were captured entirely through the action of A/Corporal Bridgewater and Riflemen Relf of "A" Company, who with great gallantry, attacked the enemy and prevented him extending his gains. When their supply of bombs ran out they went back for more, and returning to the attack, finally drove the enemy out and took the guns. For this action both were awarded the Military Medal, as also was Serjeant Utting and Rifleman Elliott of "B" Company.

Andy

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That's fantastic Andy. Many thanks indeed.

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On that night the 11th Brigade retired a little to conform with the positions of the troops on their flanks. 1st Rifle Brigade became the front line battalion holding a two thousand front extending north of and through Fampoux and along the Scarpe from Fampoux westwards.

Andy

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Many thanks Andy.

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