On Thursday June 27th 1946, a hot-pot supper was held in Hatton when presentations from the Forces’ Benevolent Fund were made to servicemen and women who had served in WW2, or their representatives. One of those named in the Parish Magazine report of this event was a Mr. A. Rutter.
This was most likely to have been Arthur Edward Rutter, who was born in Hatton on 17th December 1912. He was the son of Thomas Rutter who was born in Hatton and his wife Mary (nee Thompson) who was born at Wilderspool. Thomas Rutter was a farm labourer.
Arthur Edward had four older siblings: Thomas, George Alfred, Mary Alice, and John William. Another sister called Sarah Elizabeth had died in 1908. The family also adopted a boy called George Ayling.
The 1921 Census recorded the family as living in Hatton and the father as employed as a cowman for W. Blackshaw at Greenside Farm in Hatton.
Arthur Edward attended Hatton Infants School and then Daresbury School.
In 1934 he married Elsie Green, who was born in Warrington.
The 1939 Register recorded Arthur Edward and Elsie as living at South View in Hatton. He was a skilled telecommunications linesman. They had the first two of their children by that time.
They continued to live at South View until Arthur’s death in 1954 in hospital at Rice Lane in Liverpool. He was 42 years old.
It is not known in which branch of H.M. Forces he served.
If anyone knows of his WW2 service, please contact Daresbury District Heritage Group.