Cutler, John Isaac (No. G/1228)

Cutler, John Isaac (Jack)

Long Service and Good Conduct Medal

Colour Sergeant

No. G/1228, 2nd (Garrison) Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers

Died of disease on Thursday 12 October 1916 (aged 53)

Buried:

Salonika (Lembet Road) Military Cemetery, Greece (Grave 576)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Journey of Remembering Belfast Book of Honour

BIOGRAPHY

In some records his surname is spelt Cuttler

Colour Sergeant John Isaac (Jack) Cutler was born around 1862/1863 in London.  He served for more than 28 years in the Army, 26 of which were spent in the Royal Irish Rifles.  Details of his army career were published in the 28 October 1916 edition of the Newtownards Chronicle.  It was reported that he had served in many parts of the world and held the long service and good conduct medal. The latter part of his service was on the permanent staff of the 4th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles (Royal North Downs) at Newtownards.

Sergeant John Isaac Cutler and Kathleen (Kate) Heasley (sometimes Heasely, sometimes Hasley) were married on 8 September 1896 in Newtownards Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Mark’s).  Sergeant John Isaac Cutler from Brittania Place, Newtownards was a son of Isaac Cutler, an engineer.  Kathleen (Kate) Heasley from Brittania Place, Newtownards was a daughter of James Heasley, a yarn dresser.

Sergeant John Isaac Cutler and Kathleen (Kate) Cutler (nee Heasley) had at least seven children:

Mabel (born 19 March 1897 in James Street, Newtownards)

Ethel Maud (born 22 March 1898 in James Street, Newtownards; died of lung congestion 23 October 1898)

John Isaac (born 17 September 1899 in James Street, Newtownards; died of rubeola and lung congestion 12 April 1901)

Margaret Ann (born 24 September 1900 at 45 Ribble Street, Belfast; died of rubeola and lung congestion 12 April 1901)

James Heasley (born 28 May 1902 in Balfour Street, Newtownards)

Eva Mary (born 26 May 1903 in Balfour Street, Newtownards)

Sarah Heasley (born 14 July 1906 in Distillery, Comber)

When Jack Cutler left the Army he was employed by the Comber Distilleries Company Ltd.  He was a member of the Ulster Star Masonic Lodge No. 133 in Comber and he was an instructor for the Ballygowan and Comber companies of the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF).  Later he held a similar position with the Ballynafeigh and Newtownbreda Battalions.

After the outbreak of the Great War Jack Cutler re-joined the Royal Irish Rifles.  He was 51 years of age and initially he was stationed at the Depot in Victoria Barracks Belfast.  Subsequently he transferred to a Garrison Battalion of the Royal Irish Fusiliers and left for Egypt in August 1916.  He had only been there for about two months when he died of heart disease at Alexandria.  He was buried in Salonika (Lembet Road) Military Cemetery, Greece.

When Colour Sergeant John Isaac (Jack) Cutler died his widow Kathleen and four surviving children were living at 61 Belvoir Street, Belfast.  He is commemorated in the Journey of Remembering Belfast Book of Honour.