Lieutenant John Cutcliffe

Service Army
Rank Lieutenant
Regiment:East Yorkshire Regiment, 2nd Battalion
Date of Birth: 1887
Born Dawlish
Date of Death: 26/08/1918
Memorial: Dawlish Memorial Inscription CUTCLIFFE.J LT. EAST YORKS REGT

Service History

It is not clear where John Cutcliffe was for the 1911 census and he may have joined the Army and been serving abroad.

2nd Battalion, East Yorks Regiment 1914-15
August 1914 : in Kamptee. Returned to England and landed in December 1914. Moved to Hursley Park near Winchester.
December 1914 : attached to 83rd Brigade, 28th Division.
16 January 1915 : landed at Le Havre.
26 October 1915 : sailed from Marseilles to Egypt and on to Salonika.

A series of telegrams (shown in the life story in Documents) show that he was treated for malaria in Salonika and Malta in Octobe/November 1916 before returning to England. Later he was attached to the 9th Battalion of the West Riding Regiment (Duke of Wellington's) in France. He was killed in action in the battles around the town of Albert.


Albert was captured on 22 August 1918. The continuing attacks on the Somme were widened on the south, by the French Tenth Army starting the Second Battle of Noyon on 17 August, capturing the town of Noyon on 29 August. On 26 August, to the north of the initial attack, the First Army widened the attack by another 7 miles with the Second Battle of Arras of 1918. Bapaume fell on 29 August. (ex- Wikipedia)

Association with Dawlish

John Cutcliffe was the youngest among eight children born to George John Cutcliffe (1844-1906) and Eliza Caroline Atkins (1844-1920).

George and Eliza were married in the second quarter of 1867 in Dartmouth, Eliza's birthplace and the first two children were born there, before moving to Dawlish ca 1872. In 1881 they occupied No 7, Strand where George was in business as a pharmacist and dental surgeon.

The children were:

Ada (1868-1942), born Dartmouth

George (1870-), “

Charles (1872-1932), Dawlish

Edith (1876-), “

Digby (1877-1939), “

Mary (1880- ), “

Ethel (1883- ), “

John (1887-1918)

Devon Roll of Honour
Additional Information Commonwealth War Graves Site

Next of Kin: Eliza Caroline Cutcliffe, mother
Last Known Address: 7 The Strand, Dawlish

Duke of Wellington's Regt, cap badge

Charles Cutcliffe and family grave, Dawlish Cemetery

Officer records, National Archive, Kew

CWGC references

Free Birth Marriage Death records

Information supplied by memorial project, Holy Trinity Church, Batley Carr, Yorkshire

Malta Military Hospital 1915-1917 (

Refs by Subscription services (Ancestry):

Census data 1861 to 1911

Norris/Powell family tree

Probate records