The very good Great War Western Front 1918 Somme operations final advance in Picardy double gallantry group awarded to Sergeant F.W. Scutcher, 37th Battalion, Machine Gun Corps, formerly Royal West Kent Regiment, who fought out on the Western Front for 2 1/2 years, and won the Distinguished Conduct Medal for setting an example of gallantry and coolness under fire to the men that it would be difficult to surpass, he having been frequently given command of a section in action owing to the absence of officers. His award was gazetted on 1st January 1919, and he went on to be awarded the Military Medal for bravery in the field in the London Gazette for 14th May 1919, which indicates an award won during August to October 1918 during the final advance. He later worked as a bus driver in London.
Distinguished Conduct Medal, Geo V; (5973 SJT: F.W. SCUTCHER. 37/M.G.C.); Military Medal, Geo V; (5973 SJT. F.W. SCUTCHER. 37/M.G.C.); British War Medal and Victory Medal; (5973 SJT. F.W. SCUTCHER. M.G.C.)
Frederick Wyatt Scutcher was born on 8th May 1892 in Beckenham, Kent, but later lived in Bromley, and with the Great War then saw service initially as a Sergeant (No.3917) with the Royal West Kent Regiment, before transferring as a Sergeant (No.5973) to the Machine Gun Corps. Present out on the Western Front with the 37th Machine Gun Battalion, his battalion was form on 4th March 1918 from the machine gun companies of the 37th Division, and then fought for the remainder of the war on the Somme, including during the Battles of the Hindenburg Line and then final advance in Picardy. Scutcher was twice decorated for his gallantry whilst with the 37th Battalion.
Scutcher was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal in the London Gazette for 1st January 1919, the citation being subsequently published in the London Gazette for 3rd September 1919, and reading as follows: ‘For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in action. He has set an example of gallantry and coolness under fire to the men that it would be difficult to surpass, and has at all times given the utmost assistance to his officers. He has served in France continuously for 2 1/2 years, and in the absence of an officer has frequently been given command of a section in action.’ Scutcher was then awarded the Military Medal for bravery in the field in the London Gazette for 14th May 1919, which indicates an award won during August to October 1918 during the final advance. As of 1939 Scutcher was working as a bus driver, and married to Lily, living at 19 Shirley Crescent, Beckenham. Good very fine