Brett Mackay Cloutman was the son of Alfred Benjamin Cloutman (b. 1861 in Pottersbury d. c.1923) and his wife Clarissa Jane (née Mackay?) Cloutman. Alfred Benjamin Cloutman was one of at least 10 brothers of whom Curtis William Cloutman was one.)
Sir Brett Cloutman - Lieutenant-Colonel ~ 59th Field Company ~ Corps of Royal Engineers ~ Awarded V.C. ~ France ~ 6 November 1918 - contemporary rank: Major
Gazetted on 31st January 1919
On 6th November, 1918 at Pont-sur- Sambre, France, whilst reconnoitring the river crossings, he found the Quartres Bridge almost intact but prepared for demolition. Alone, he swam across the river and cut the wires from the charges and returned the same way, despite intense shelling and machine-gun fire which swept the bridge and surrounding area. Although the bridge was blown up later in the day, the abutments remained intact.
Laurence Parker, in England, has written a comprehensive article on Sir Brett Cloutman, published by The Victoria Cross Society in March, 2008. The article may be found here and is reproduced with gratitude to both the writer and to the Victoria Cross Society.
Laurence (who may be contacted via laurenceparker1 at hotmail.com) has been writing articles on VC heroes for about two years. In this instance, he states: "My interest stemmed from a programme on living VC servicemen screened in the UK about two years ago. Writing an article on Sir Brett proved especially rewarding as I was able to communicate with a lot of people who knew him, in his professional capacity as a High Court Judge, to his involvement in the YMCA in Hornsey, North London to the various groups he belonged to/chaired. His school, Bishops Stortford College, were especially good."
Brett Cloutman died on 15 August 1971, was cremated at Golders Green Crematorium and his ashes buried beside his brother - Lt Wolfred Cloutman, who died on 28 August 1915 and who lies in the Norfolk Cemetery, Somme, France.
Sir Brett Cloutman
Lady Peggy Cloutman
Jill, much loved wife of the late Johnny, passed away peacefully at home on 13th November 2010. Funeral Service at Chichester Crematorium on Thursday 25th November, at 3.30 p.m.