Clutterbuck, Warrant Officer Thomas (1342)

No 8 Training Sqn AFC

Thomas Clutterbuck came from Bedminster, Gloucestershire, and was the son of a former Corporal in the Royal Field Artillery who served in the Zulu War of 1879. Thomas was living in Brisbane at the beginning of The Great War, and was an experienced soldier who had served as a Bugler with the 2nd Queensland Mounted Infantry in South Africa and with the 3rd Auckland Regiment NZEF at Samoa in 1914, as well as five years with the AMF Submarine Miners in Brisbane.

His pre-War occupation was an Engine Fitter with the Queensland Railways and he was 36 when he enlisted in the AIF as a Sapper in the 1st Field Company, Australian Engineers, at Moore Park, Sydney, on 17 May 1915. He departed from Australia on HMAT A22 Suffolk on 2 August 1915. After brief service at Gallipoli, he moved to the Western Front, where he was admitted to hospital suffering from mild shell shock in July 1916 and evacuated to the UK. He was an acting Sergeant when he transferred to the AFC in May 1917, and was promoted to Technical Warrant Officer with No 8 Training Sqn in October.

He died from a heart attack at The George Hotel, Nailsworth, Gloucestershire, England, on 22 May 1918.

WO T Clutterbuck is buried at Leighterton Church Cemetery, Gloucestershire.

Due to his service in both the Australian and New Zealand forces, WO Clutterbuck’s estranged wife was presented with two sets of the British War Medal and Victory Medal after the War, but was eventually persuaded to return those issued by New Zealand.

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