Henry Kelso Utterson (DSO)


Henry Kelso Utterson (DSO)


First World War

Date of Death / Age


Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Lieutenant Colonel
Dorsetshire Regiment
Attached to 15th Bn. Lancashire Fusiliers

Awards: Service Medals/Honour Awards

1914 /15 Star, British War and Victory medals
Distinguished Service Order, Mentioned in Despatches three times

Cemetery/Memorial: Name/Reference/Country

On South West side of churchyard

Headstone Inscription

Not Researched

UK & Other Memorials

Not on the Northaw memorials,
The chapel at Twyford Prep School in Hampshire

Pre War

He was born in 1878, in Geneva, Switzerland, the son of Major.-General. Archibald. H. Utterson, C.B., and Mrs. Isabel Melissa Utterson. In 1897 he joined the Army and probably commissioned as a Lieutenant in the 58th regiment of Foot, which the next year became the 2nd Battalion Dorsetshire regiment. He remained with this Regiment and took part in The Boer War in South Africa, during which he took part in The Relief of Ladysmith, and several other operations including action at Spion Kop, Vaal Krantz, Tugela Heights and others. London Gazette16th January 1900: The Dorsetshire Regiment, Second Lieutenant H. K. Utterson to be Lieutenant, Dated 1st December, 1899. In 1911 he is shown as being a Captain and serving in India with his Regiment and whilst in India, he married Beatrice.

Wartime Service

6th November 1914 he landed in The Persian Gulf as part of The Indian Expeditionary Force for action in Mesopotamia. In 1915 he was promoted to Major, later becoming Lieutenant Colonel, attached, as Officer Commanding, 15th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers who were serving in France. He was wounded twice whilst serving and was killed in action. He was awarded the DSO, entry from The London Gazette 15th March 1916: Major Henry Kelso Utterson, 2nd Battalion, The Dorsetshire Regiment. For conspicuous gallantry and ability. He led his men with marked coolness and skill when assaulting a strong redoubt. He behaved very gallantly in several engagements, during one of which he took command of his Battalion when all the senior Officers had been killed or wounded, and led a successful charge resulting in the capture of the enemy's trenches.

Additional Information

At the time of his death, his wife was living at The Cottage, Northaw.


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