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Andrew Edward Hutton

Andrew Hutton was born on 11 April 1922 and came to the School in April 1931. After a short time in the Senior School he entered the Royal Navy and in 1941, aged 19, was serving as a midshipman on board HMS Barham.

On 25 November at 4.25pm, HMS Barham was hit by three torpedoes from a U-boat. The torpedoes were fired from a range of only 750 yards providing no time for evasive action, and struck so closely together as to throw up a single massive water column. As the ship rolled over to port, her magazines exploded and the ship quickly sank with the loss of over two thirds of her crew.

On the day before news of his death was received by the School, an airgraph letter came from him with Christmas greetings to the School.

Andrew is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial which records around 10,000 sailors of the First World War and almost 15,000 of the Second World War who have no known grave, the majority of deaths having occurred at sea. 

In the Lady Chapel of Nunthorpe Church there is a memorial to Cadet Andrew Edward Hutton which was dedicated on 11 May 1952.

His name is also recorded on the Grammar School’s War Honours Board — alongside the names of all of the Grammar School’s alumni to die in the First and Second World Wars.

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