THE LATE PRIVATE TUTT
The late Private Henry Dawson Tutt resided at Mitcham, where he was well known and highly esteemed. He was a splendid specimen of sturdy young Australian manhood, and the news of his death was received with profound regret. The sad announcement was conveyed to the bereaved family by Archdeacon Clampett. Private Tutt's parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Tutt, have lived in Arnold-street, Mitcham, for many years. Their son left Adelaide with the second reinforcements on February 1, and immediately before his departure called on friends and neighbors to say a cheerful word of farewell. Those who saw him so recently, eager for service, and looking every inch a soldier, were staggered at the news that his life was included in the roll of sacrifice for King and country.
''He was a fine young fellow," they said. "and our hearts go out in inexpressible sympathy for his people, who were justly so proud of him."
Private Tutt was the eldest surviving son of his parents, and other near relatives are Mr. Albert Tutt(brother), who is away with a survey party on Eyre Peninsula, and Mrs. F.Ossig;, Claxion-street. Adelaide; Mrs. J. C. Curtis, Unley-road, Unley; and Misses E. and M.Tutt, Mitcham, (sisters).
The deceased was 34 years of age last October, He was born in Mitcham, and attended St. Michael's school, and subsequently the Mitcham public school until eight years ago, when he became an apprentice at Messrs. James Marshall & Co.'s furniture factory. On completing his term of indenture he remained in the service of the firm, and was working as a machinist up to the time of enlisting.. His place was being kept for him in the hope that he would return safe and sound after the war. He was a member of St. Michael's Church and of the Church of England Men's Society. For some time. he officiated as a sidesman for Archdeacon Clampett. Private Tutt was also a member of the Oddfellows' Lodge at Mitcham. He was of singularly bright disposition, and besides being a valued member of the St. Michael's football team and the Mitcham 'Boys' Club was regarded as. a good all round sportsman. One of his last requests before leaving home was that a subscription should be sent on his behalf to the club when its annual picnic excursion came round.
A letter written by Private Tutt from Cairo a few weeks ago came to hand a few days ago, and is a treasured possession of his people. In it he stated a few of his impressions of the place, and said, "I will be able to tell you all when we come back." It is a pathetic coincidence, in relation to the deceased and his elder brother, Mr. G. W. Tutt, who was killed in a ' bicycle accident at Wilmington eight years ago, that both men left home on February 1 and lost their lives in April. Touching reference to the late soldier was made in St.Michael's Church on Sunday.
1915 'THE LATE PRIVATE TUTT.', Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954), 8 May, p. 40, viewed 21 September, 2014, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article89145355