WILLIAM MUTUM

WILLIAM MUTUMWilliam Mutum had been wounded so badly during the conflict that he had spent almost a year convalescing. Like so many other men, once his wounds had healed and he was declared fit then he was sent across the English Channel to get back into the action. In William’s case he contracted influenza, which was prevalent at the end of the war, and it was this that killed him a few days after the Armistice was signed.

His funeral took place on Thursday 28th November 1918 at the St Peter’s Church in Brandon. He was given a military funeral and a detachment from the Gordon Highlanders, who were probably billeted in the town at the time, led the cortege to the church and then to his graveside afterwards. A service then followed at William’s graveside and then the Gordon Highlanders formed up and fired a gun salute, three volleys over his grave. A bugler then sounded the “Last Post”. The floral tributes included those from his parents, sisters and brother, including his sister Beatrice who was in France at that time, “his little chum” Pinkie Wright and other friends and family. There was also on from his fiancée, Florence Catchpole, which was simply worded “his sweetheart”.