WWI Memorial Plaque to 1757 Lance Corporal Hubert Sutton of the Surrey Yeomanry 21/08/1915
Condition - E.F.
Hubert Sutton was born in Clapham S.W., London on 25.10.1892. He joined A Squadron of the Surrey Yeomanry (Territorial Force) at West Croydon, Clapham in 1914. On the outbreak of the First World War, he volunteered for foreign service and was transferred to C Squadron with the service number 1757. C Squadron was attached to the 29th Division, in Warwickshire during January 1915. Hubert Sutton embarked at Avonmouth for Egypt with his squadron on 17th March and arrived in Alexandria on 2nd April, 1915. C squadron was then transferred to Imbros on 26th June, where its troops initially served at General Headquarters and it was during this period that Hubert Sutton was promoted to Lance Corporal. Following this he was to see service in the Dardanelles Campaign fighting in the trenches at Gallipoli. Lance Corporal H. Sutton lost his life due to disease contracted in the trenches of Gallipoli and died on board ship of enteritis on the 21st August, 1915.
1757 Lance Corporal Hubert Sutton of the Surrey Yeomanry was laid to rest at Pieta Military Cemetery in Malta. The obituary for Lance Corporal Sutton found in the Roll of Honour Vol. I De Ruvigny P347 quotes that he was particularly interested in literature and was a good writer. His parents published a posthumous work entitled "Fragments of Verse" and an excerpt from Lance Corporal Sutton's poetry was engraved on his headstone at Pieta Military Cemetery, which reads -
"LOVE AND BATTLE MAKE LIFE NOBLE BUT TIME FLIES FAST AND TIME IS LONG" H.S.
The memorial plaque retains its original dark brown colour and is in excellent condition with an even patina. On the rear of the plaque the following words are engraved in beautifully running contemporary script -
Met his death at Gallipoli
Buried at Malta
A very scarce death plaque to a member of the Surrey Yeomanry, who fought against the Turks at Gallipoli in 1915 and died of disease contracted in the trenches.