Fred Luttman, Private 22075, A Coy 10th Battalion, Canadian Infantry
Killed in action 21st May 1915 near Festubert, aged 27
Frederick Luttman was born on 23rd August 1887 at Burnley, Lancashire, and baptised at St Michael’s Church, Macclesfield on 16th October of the same year, the son of Mary Jane and Thomas Banks Luttman, a weaver, residing at Burnley. Thomas Luttman was born in Bollington.
In 1891, Frederick was living with his parents and younger brother James at 54 Ardwick Street, Burnley; but by 1901 the family, now including another son, Thomas, had returned to Macclesfield and were living at 26, Beach Lane, Macclesfield. Frederick, aged 13, was employed as a cotton warehouse hand.
According to his Canadian service records, Frederick served with the 5th Battalion of the Cheshire Regiment at some time.
At the age of 20 Frederick emigrated to Canada, sailing from Liverpool aboard the S.S. Victorian on 19th March 1909 in a Class II cabin for the 7 day voyage to Halifax, Nova Scotia. On arrival, Frederick stated that he was a mason by trade and his intended destination was Winnipeg; but the 1911 census for Canada shows that he went to Regina, Saskatchewan and found employment as a clerk.
Frederick’s brother James emigrated in 1910 and his father followed in 1912, both settling in Regina, Saskatchewan. Frederick’s mother eventually joined the family three years later, sailing from Liverpool on the 29th August 1915.
Frederick attested with the Canadian forces at Valcartier Camp, near Quebec City, on 10th September 1914. His army records show him to have been 5 feet 5 inches tall, with a 33 inch chest, fair complexion, brown eyes and brown hair, religion Church of England, and he had a tattoo of a flag with the letters ‘F L’ on his right forearm. Fred declared that he had previously served with the 5th Battalion of the Cheshire Regiment, he was employed as a clerk and his next of kin was his mother, Mary Jane Luttman, of 1 Longden Street, Macclesfield, England.
During May, Fred’s unit was located in the Festubert area. Fred was assumed to have been killed in action on 21st May 1915: his body was never found.
Private Fred Luttman has no known grave and is commemorated on the Vimy Memorial in France.
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Fred Luttman, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.