PRIVATE GEORGE JACKSON HUTCHISON
KING'S OWN SCOTTISH BORDERERS
28TH JUNE 1918 AGE 22
BURIED: TANNAY BRITISH CEMETERY, THIENNES, FRANCE
Well-Known Young Scottish Artist Killed in Action
Lance-Corporal (sic) George Hutchison K.O.S.B., who has been killed in action, was a son of Mr R. Gemmell-Hutchison R.S.A., who is meantime residing at Coral Den, Carnoustie.
Deceased, who was about 22 years of age, was well known in Scottish artist circles. Following in the footsteps of his distinguished father, he had attained a high place in artist circles. He had pictures shown in the Royal Academy, London, the Royal Scottish Academy, and at all the important exhibitions in Great Britain. One of his drawing masters said of him the other day that George Hutchison gave promise of being one of the finest animal picture artists in this country.
Monday 8 July 1918
George Jackson Hutchison served with the 2nd Battalion King's Own Scottish Borderers and died of wounds received in action at Merville, according to the inscription on his father's headstone in Dean Cemetery, Edinburgh.
Following her brother's death, his sister, Marion Maude Hutchison, instituted the George Jackson Hutchison Memorial Prize at the Royal Scottish Academy, which is still awarded every year for the best painting or drawing of an animal.
Hutchison's father signed for his inscription - 'Tell mother not to worry' - the irony cannot have been lost on anyone.