Biography

Birth date: 28 February 1899
Birth place: Australia: New South Wales, Sydney
Death date: 15 October 1953
Death place: Australia: New South Wales, Sydney
Final rank: Leading Aircraftman
Service number: 7534 - First World War, 1914-1918
65746 - Second World War, 1939-1945
Units:
  • 13 Battalion
  • 13th Australian Infantry Battalion

William Tutt was born at Drummoyne, New South Wales in 1899 and joined the Australian Imperial Force on 26 February 1917. He was 18 years old at the timealthough he claimed to be at least a year and a half older. Prior to the First Word War, Tutt had worked as a labourer and retrained as a blacksmith in England. He made use of his blacksmithing skills during his war service.

He was assigned to the 13th Infantry Battalion and departed Australia aboard HMAT Marathon on 10 May 1917 with the 25th Reinforcements, 13th Battalion. Tutt proceeded to the Western Front with the 13th Battalion in March 1918, only to return to England in May with severe concussion received from a piece of shrapnel. He re-joined his unit in August 1918, seeing out the last months of the war, before returning to Australia in July 1919. William Tutt also served in the Second World War as a Leading Aircraftman in the Royal Australian Air Force and spent most of his service with 86th Squadron in Merauke, Dutch New Guinea.

Rolls and Awards

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of embarkation: 10 May 1917
  • Place of embarkation: Sydney

Collection Items

Private Record

Tutt, William Albert (Private, b.1899 - d.1953)

Collection relating to the First World War service of 7534 Private William Tutt. Collection consists of: fourteen letters written by William Tutt to his brother George Tutt covering the period September 1917 to January 1919 (including transcripts); a photographic postcard of HMAT Ulysses; a... Maker: Tutt, William Albert

PR04624 (With records)

Digitised Collection

Letters and postcards from William Tutt, 1917-1919

Letters relating to the First World War service of 7534 Private William Tutt, 13th Battalion. The letters were written between 29 September 1917 and 26 January 1919 by Private Tutt and sent to his brother, George Tutt, in Sydney, Australia. In the letters, Private Tutt describes his wartime...

RCDIG0000357

Typed transcripts of letters from William Tutt, 1917 - 1919

Transcripts of letters relating to the First World War service of 7534 Private William Tutt, 13th Battalion. The original letters were written by Private Tutt to his brother, George Tutt, between 29 September 1917 and 26 January 1919. Date transcripts created is unknown. File contains transcripts...

RCDIG0000358

Photographs of William Tutt, 1926; n.d.

Copies of photographs relating to the First World War service of 7534 Private William Tutt, 13th Battalion. The file consists of a photograph of Private Tutt taken in 1926 and a photograph of Pte Tutt (standing) with an unidentified soldier, n.d. Date copies created is unknown.

RCDIG0000359

Timeline

Date of birth 1899-02-28
Date of embarkation 1917-05-10
Date of death 1953-10-15