Brian Moseley, Plymouth
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William Davey Rutter was born in Devonport in 1880 to Mr George Rutter, originally from Saint Erth, Cornwall, an engine fitter in the Royal Dockyard, and his wife Mary J Rutter formerly Davey.  Their home address was number 6 Herbert Street, Morice Town.

He joined the Devonport Free Public Library as a boy and in 1901 became Assistant Librarian.  The family were at that time living at 10 Milne Place, Morice Town.  He took charge when when Mr Frederick William Hunt (1863-1905) became ill and succeeded him as Borough Librarian when he died in July 1905.

Mr Rutter was a Sergeant in the 2nd Battalion, Devonshire Volunteer Regiment.

William Davey Rutter married Miss Maud Priscilla Kemp at Saint Columb Parish Church, in Cornwall, in 1908.  They had one daughter, Miss Phyllis Maud Mary Rutter, who was born at Devonport in 1909.

Mr Rutter lost his status as Borough Librarian when the Three Towns amalgamated in November 1914 but he was re-appointed to Devonport as the Librarian-in-Charge.

Mr William Davey Rutter (1880-1917) died on Thursday April 5th 1917 at his home, number 57 Haddington Road, Morice Town, at the very young age of 37 years.  His coffin was carried by Privates S W Dunstan, E Kyle, F  Grigg, W Hands, A Thornington, H W Bucknill and F J Smith.  The service was conducted by the Reverend W Riley, from the Princes Street Congregational Chapel and the Reverend A J Conibear.

His widow was awarded a gratuity of 50 in recognition of her late husband's 24 years service.