Ahead of Remembrance Day tomorrow (Sat 11 Nov, 2023), Dundee Libraries have added a folder of newspaper cuttings from The Courier dedicated to the memory of war veteran David Hutton to their Local History collection.
The selection of articles centres around Veterans' Day and Festival of Remembrance parades in Dundee, which first took place in 2006 and serve as a tribute to David Hutton, a Black Watch soldier, World War II veteran and member of The City of Dundee Branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland.
Mr Hutton was particularly interested in these events and was keen to see them recorded and preserved for current and future local historians. His passion for the City's Veterans' Day and Festival of Remembrance parades came to the Local History Library's attention through the efforts of Alf
Gibbons, President of The City of Dundee Branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland and the collection has been carefully curated by Library and Information Assistant, Carol Smith.
Some of the articles in this collection also share Mr. Hutton's vivid accounts of his wartime experiences. They highlight his bravery in battle, his time as a prisoner of war, and the incredible journey he undertook throughout his service. David Hutton lived to be one hundred years old and on his birthday a piper and serving members of the Black Watch visited David at home to wish him a happy birthday and inform him that on that day he was the oldest Black Watch soldier alive. David Hutton died on the 19th. June 2017.
Dr Erin Farley, Library and Information Officer said
"We are very happy to be able to bring these articles together as a way of helping people discover David Hutton's moving story, as well as the stories of other Dundee veterans and the history of Remembrance in the city."
The collection can be viewed on request at the Local History Centre, in Dundee's Central Library located in the Wellgate Centre.