Hutchison, Robert Hamilton


Youngest son of the Reverend Robert Hutchison, of Woodeaton, near Oxford. He entered College from Horris Hill in 1903 at the head of the Roll; in 1908-1909 he was Prefect of Hall, captain of College VI and President of Boat Club and the same year won the King’s Gold Medal for Latin Essay and the Warden and Fellows’ Prize for Latin Verse. He went up to New College, Oxford, in 1909 as Senior Classical Scholar and took his degree in 1913 with First Classes in Classical Moderations and Literae Humaniores. A few months later he was elected to a Fellowship at Brasenose College and started work as a teacher there, making Roman history his special subject.

On the outbreak of war he was attached to the Oxford University OTC and obtained a commission in the 8th Battalion Black Watch in December 1914 and went to the front with the 1st Battalion in the following September, taking part in the attack at Loos on 25th. A few weeks later, on October 13th, 1915, near Hulluck, he was shot through the head while leading his platoon over the parapet. His commanding officer wrote that “He had been but a very short time with us, but I had been much struck by his nice manner and his evident capacity for leadership. His death was much deplored by the men of his platoon, as well as by all his brother officers”.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Hutchison
  • Forenames or initials: Robert Hamilton
  • House: College
  • Years in School: 1903-1909
  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Regiment: Black Watch
  • Date of Birth: 14th July 1890
  • Date of Death: 13th October 1915
  • How Died: Killed in action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer C5
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Unknown but commemorated on Panels 78-83 of the LOOS MEMORIAL