After having been missing for a considerable time – no news having been heard of him since shortly after the landing of the British Naval Brigades at Antwerp – the welcome intelligence made known that Richard Dryden Hutchinson, a stoker in the Royal Navy, and a native of Whitby, is safe and sound, although a prisoner of war.
He was a member of the British Naval force which was landed at Antwerp to assist the Belgian Army in holding back the Germans in their attack upon the forts and the city.
The force occupied the trenches outside Antwerp and up to a few days ago, the only news his parents – who keep a grocer’s shop at 140 Church Street in Whitby – had received of young Hutchinson was the receipt of a postcard to the effect that he was “going into the trenches that night.”
Mr and Mrs Hutchinson were very pleased to receive a letter from their son in which he describes his doings since landing on Belgian soil which culminated in his having to seek refuge, with a large number of his comrades, in Holland, where he will doubtless be interned while the war lasts.
Hutchinson only joined the Navy, as a stoker, about three weeks prior to last Easter and in the official list of the interned men, he is described as a petty officer of the 3rd Battalion (Hawke) so that it would appear that he has secured rapid promotion.