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James Hulton Clutterbuck

(1835-1854), Soldier

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Peter E YATES

02 April 2018, 20:17

James Hulton Clutterbuck, Ensign 63rd Regt., educated at Harrow and gazetted to an ensigncy, 15 July, 1853; born 28 April, 1835; killed in action at Inkerman, 5 November, I854.
He was present at Balaclava, 25 October, 1854, and carried the Queen’s Colour of the 63rd Regt. at Inkerman. A letter from Private G. Evans, of the 63rd, a native of Watford, was published in The Times of 28 November, 1854, and has the following : “ In the thick of it fell poor Mr. Clutterbuck, who was carrying the Queen’s Colour and cheering the men on. I think that the last words he said, were ‘Come on 63rd' when he received a shot right through the neck and died instantly. I never saw a braver man than him in the field that day. He fought and died bravely with the Queen’s Colour of the 63rd Regiment in his hand.”
At one point, both colour bearers fell: Ensign James Hulton Clutterbuck,carrying the Queen's Colour, and Ensign Heneage Twysden, who was mortally wounded carrying the Regimental Colour. Colour Sergeant Robert Hughes and one other Sergeant retrieved the fallen Colours and, although both wounded as well, continued the advance. Another Sergeant later retrieved the body of the dead Ensign Clutterbuck at great personal risk. Further fierce fighting took place. The two regiments carried on, and soon after, pushed the enemy back a considerable distance. The shot-up Colours are still in the possession of the present-day regiment.

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