Other names: Herbert Clarence
Locations in this story: Shaftesbury, DorsetCann, Shaftesbury, DorsetSidcot School, Winscombe, SomersetIvy Cross, Shaftesbury
Story: Herbert Clarence Rutter was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 12th October 1889, the son of John Kingsley Rutter, a Solicitor, and Emily Mary Rutter (née Bray). He lived his very early life at Belmont House, Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset, until, by 1901, he had become a pupil/boarder at Sidcot School, Winscombe, Somerset. During the First World War he served as a Merchant Seaman (No. 55220) aboard the S.S. Raven as an Engineer 1st Class. Merchant Seamen were entitled to the Victory and British War medals but no record can be currently found in this case. The 1921 Census shows he was living with his parents at Ivy Cross, Shaftesbury, Dorset, described as a Mercantile Marine Engineer with the General Steam Navigation Co. Herbert married Beatrice Annie White in Shaftesbury, Dorset, in 1933. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at The Bungalow, Ivy Cross, Shaftesbury, Dorset, and was described as the Chief Officer of the Shaftesbury Fire Brigade as well as the Gas Precautions Instructor for the ARP. His death was recorded on 2nd September 1961 in Shaftesbury, Dorset. His brother, William Farley Rutter, volunteered for the Friends Ambulance Unit during the war.