Gordon Granville (G.G.) NUTT MM

Badge Number: S3920, Sub Branch: St Morris

NUTT, Gordon Granville

Service Number: 3567
Enlisted: 9 August 1915, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 10th Infantry Battalion
Born: Orroroo, Orroroo/Carrieton - South Australia, Australia, 12 September 1896
Home Town: Orroroo, Orroroo/Carrieton, South Australia
Schooling: Orroroo Higher Primary School
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Natural causes, Daw Park Repat Hospital, South Australia, 12 July 1988, aged 91 years
Cemetery: Centennial Park Cemetery, South Australia
Memorials: Orroroo District Roll of Honour WW1, Orroroo Public School Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

9 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3567, Adelaide, South Australia
12 Jan 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 3567, 27th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
12 Jan 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 3567, 27th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Borda, Adelaide
28 Feb 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, 10th Infantry Battalion, Transferred from the 27th Infantry Battalion
25 Jul 1916: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 3567, 10th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières , Shell wound (thigh)
6 May 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 3567, 10th Infantry Battalion, Bullecourt (Second), 2nd occasion - GSW (hand)
29 Jun 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, SN 3567, 10th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Cooper Dignan

Gordon Granville Nutt was born in Orroroo, South Australia on the 12th of September, 1896. His parents were John Thomas Nutt (1854-1923) and Mary Dawson McLean (1855-1939).  He was the youngest of ten children, five boys and five girls.

Before enlistment he worked on the family farm and played for the North Adelaide Football Club.

Gordon enlisted to the AIF on the 18th of August, 1915. He was 18 years and 11 months old when he enlisted, stood 5 feet 9 ¾ inches tall (about 175cm) and weighed 171 pounds (75kg). He was in the 27th Infantry Battalion.

He was transferred to the 10th Infantry Battalion from the 27th Infantry Battalion on the 28th of February, 1916.

On the Western Front, France, 25th of July, 1916, the 10th Infantry Battalion moved from their positions to support the 9th Battalion in the capture of the enemy trenches. In this battle they were under heavy fire from the Germans who used poisonous gas as one of their weapons. This caused many casualties and their advance was delayed while they were instructed to put on anti-gas helmets. At 10 o’clock on the 25th of July, the 10th Infantry Battalion was relieved by the 5th Battalion. In this battle 58 men were killed, 46 were reported missing and 246 were wounded. Gordon was one of the wounded with shell shock and shrapnel wounds to the thigh. He returned to the war on the 20th of December, 1916.

He was wounded again on the 6th of May, 1917, with a slight gunshot wound to the left hand. He was then relocated to Boulogne, France for medical treatment. He was moved again to the Reading War Hospital, England where his wound was treated. Gordon returned to battle on the 10th of January, 1918.

29th of June, 1919, was the day that Gordon was discharged from the AIF. He returned to his hometown of Orroroo after four years of enlistment.  In the year 1922 the township erected a memorial for those who fell in battle in World War 1. Although Gordon wasn’t on the memorial he still would have felt a great sense of pride for what he had done.

Gordon was married to Catherine Agnes Gearen at Orroroo on the 20th of December, 1923. He passed away aged 91 in the Repatriation & General Hospital at Daw Park on July, 12th, 1988. He was buried at the Centennial Park Cemetery, South Australia. His grave is located at Catholic H, Path 18, Grave 895. His wife, Catherine, passed away on April 10th, 1995.