Hutchison, Arthur Thomas

  • Township: Embro & West Zorra
  • Rank: Sergeant
  • Branch: Elgin Regiment
  • Wars Served: World War II
  • Country enlisted with: Canada

Biography

Arthur Thomas Hutchison grew up in the Embro area, as did Grace Webb. Four days after they married, in 1942, he was shipped overseas with the Elgin Regiment. En route, his troop carrier rammed an escort when a German submarine cut in front of the convoy. The escort went down immediately and the ship carrying Arthur was holed. Its return to Halifax afforded the newlyweds a few more days together. “But the closest call came one dark night in early 1944, off the coast of Malta,” said Arthur. “We were unloading 30 Sherman tanks and 60 three-ton trucks when two German night fighters came upon us and started bombing. They just missed us.” After the fighting, Arthur elected to stay in Europe for another extra year as part of the occupation forces in Germany.  Arthur was married to Grace Webb.

 

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