Sutthery, Dorian Melbourne

Son of Arthur Melbourne Sutthery and his wife, Grace, of Hales Hall, Market Drayton and of Craigenveoch, Aberfoyle, Perthshire, he came to Winchester from Twyford School. He played in OTH VI in 1913 and played for 2nd XI cricket team in 1914.

In January 1915 he obtained a commission in the 11th Battalion Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders and went to France the following September. He was badly wounded in the left arm during the Battle of Loos in November 1915 and was invalided home for a while. He was attached to the Liverpool Scottish on his recovery for a short time but rejoined his old battalion in September 1916. He was promoted to Lieutenant during 1916. During the winter of 1916 his battalion was never far from the line and in December he was again wounded but by March was back in the trenches.

On 6th March 1917 he was badly injured in an incident with a grenade which led to the death of one Private and injuries to two others. The records of a Court of Enquiry held at Arras on 9th March state that Mr Sutthery “was seen to take a rifle grenade from the box and shaking it before putting it into the barrel of the rifle – he then screwed the detonator into the grenade. When he pulled the trigger the grenade exploded before leaving the rifle”. The Court concluded that Sutthery was not to blame for this accident. His family received a telegram reporting the accident and saying he had been “wounded in action”.

He was evidently evacuated back to England at some point as on 25th April his father received another telegram saying his son was dangerously ill. He was admitted to King Edward VII Hospital in London where he died on 19th May 1917, a blood clot on his heart was blamed.

His grave at Market Drayton Cemetery:

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Sutthery
  • Forenames or initials: Dorian Melbourne
  • House: F
  • Years in School: 1909-1914
  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Regiment: Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders
  • Date of Birth: 25th March 1896
  • Date of Death: 19th May 1917
  • How Died: Died of wounds
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer F2
  • Decoration: NA