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Thank you to Olga & Wayne Utting for submitting the following research for inclusion. 

William (Bill) UTTING was born in Walton-Le-Dale, Preston on 1st September 1895. He was the 8th child of 11 to parents Joseph (Snr) & Ellen Utting (nee Lomax).

WORLD WAR 1
During the First World War William served as a Private with ‘B Company’ of the 1/4th Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. He enlisted on 12th October 1914 and was given the regimental number 2880 – this became 200784 when the TF were renumbered in 1917.

MEDICAL INSPECTION REPORT
At his enlistment medical the officer described William as being aged 19 years & 5 months, standing 5 ft 4.5″ tall with a chest measurement 34″. He was assessed as being of good physical development with normal vision.

Utt. Bill & Moss Robert. Army Eng. 1916. 2 Preston boys

William UTTING and his brother-in-law Robert MOSS*

William sailed to France with the main body of the 1/4th Battalion on 4th May 1915 and a little over a month later was wounded in action at Festubert on 15th June 1915. He had sustained a bullet wound in the left toe.

15th June 1915
At 18:00 hrs the attack was launched by the 4th Loyal North Lancashire and the 6th Scottish Rifles. The attack was at first successful; the west end of the German salient was carried, and the attack pushed on to the main German line near the Rue d’Overt, and for a time the third German trench was occupied and held. Unfortunately the attack by the Division on the right of the 51st made little or no progress, and when night fell the 154th Brigade had penetrated the German line on a narrow front, but had both its flanks in the air. The attack consequently failed, but as stated in the Divisional History, “great praise is due to the 154th Infantry Brigade for their advance in the face of heavy artillery and close range rifle and machine gun fire. There is little doubt that had the operations on the flanks been successful, they would have had every prospect of holding their gains.

William appeared in the first Preston & District Roll of Honour film which was first shown in Will Onda’s cinemas in Preston on 6th July 1915. The film was made to honour the 4th Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment who sustained heavy casualties during the Festubert Charge on the 15th June 1915**.

William was wounded again in 1916, being hit by shrapnel in the hip. The following newspaper clipping reported him being wounded. He was returned to hospital in the UK and was granted a temporary discharge from the Manchester General Hospital for a furlough of leave over the Christmas period, from 19-28th December 1916. His address while on leave was 155 Fylde Rd. Preston, (his parents home). William returned to the hospital and died there from pneumonia on 26th April 1917, aged 21.

200784 PTE WILLIAM UTTING 1ST AND 4TH BN (1)

Private William Utting was buried in the family grave plot in the (Old) Preston Council Cemetery, New Hall Lane, Preston, on 2nd May 1917.

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William’s parents received the 1914/15 star, the British War Medal and Allied Victory medal to which their late son was entitled. They also received the Memorial Plaque and Memorial Scroll in recognition of his sacrifice. William is also remembered on the memorial at the Harris museum, Preston.

Additional family information
(Pte.) William UTTING’S War medal (medallion) was being held by (Pte.) William’s mother Ellen UTTING in Preston in 1943 when she was visited by her grandson from Perth, Western Australia (Flying Officer) Bill Utting (age 21 years) on R & R (Rest & Recreation) leave from the Royal Australian Air Force which he was based at Binbrook, Lincolnshire, Eng. during World War 11. Bill brought the Medal home to Perth, Western Australia and had kept it for 62 years.

2001. 28th July – Bill & Rene Utting, from 146 Ewen Street, Doubleview, West. Aust. visited Wayne (Bill’s nephew) & his wife Olga Utting, who live at our “Enderslie House Bed & Breakfast” (6 bedrooms), 15 Peters Road, Muchea, Western Australia and gave the Medals to them to keep as Olga is the only one studying the history of the UTTING Family here in Perth, Western Australia. We felt very privelliged to have received this medal (medallion) which had been presented to (Pte.) William UTTING’S parents 84 years earlier. There is also a letter which accompanies the Medal sent from Buckingham Palace by King George V. in 1917.

* Robert MOSS born 1877 Preston, Lancs. Eng. He died on 28th October, 1958 in Leyland, Lancs. He married Sarah before the War in 1910 at St. Mary’s Church, Penwortham, Preston, Lancs. He survived the War and returned home, he worked at Leyland Motors all his life. His parents address was a cottage called “The Pleasantries” Coker Lane, Leyland, Lancs. His parents were Richard and Ellen MOSS. Robert & Sarah MOSS lived in the same cottage till Sarah’s death in 1968, at Leyland.

** The film features photographs of 18 members of the territorial battalion who were reported wounded, missing or killed. Will Onda made a series of Roll of Honour films which survive in the Preston/Will Onda Collection deposited by Preston Council in the National Film Archive (British Film Institute) in 1961. The research into these films is being led by Emma Heslewood from the Harris Museum & Art Gallery, as part of the Preston Remembers Project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and supported by the BFI.

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3 Responses to 200784 PTE. W. UTTING. L.N.LAN.R

  1. Olga Utting says:

    Hi Paul McCormick,
    What a ‘GREAT’ site you have created. THANK YOU.
    Would like to send you another photo of our William UTTING, how do I forward it to you. Email ?. Not sure.

    Regards Olga Utting
    Perth, Western Australia

  2. Olga Utting says:

    Hello Paul,
    Thanks for the update, the headstone looks fresh, I see you have restored / inked the lettering on the headstone before photographing. Keep up the great work you are doing.
    Regards Olga & Wayne Utting
    Muchea (Perth), Western Australia

  3. Olga Utting says:

    Hello Paul,
    Great find with the new newspaper photo of William Utting.
    I wish you luck with our Robert Moss’s find. Take Care.
    Regards Olga & Wayne Utting

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