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John William Dutton was born in Bilston in 1898, the son of William and Ellen Dutton. In 1901 they were living at 9 Merry Boys Yard, in Heath Town, together with John’s brother, Arthur.

John enlisted as a Gunner in the Royal Field Artillery (number 185651). He died of wounds on 5 October 1917, by which date his parents were living at 155 Wolverhampton Lane, Darlaston. He is buried at the Minty Farm Cemetery in France, and commemorated on the Darlaston Remembers blog.