The youngest son of Algernon Charles and Winifred Alice (Fell) Sutton, Oliver Manners Sutton joined the Public Schools Corps in 1914 and served with the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment until severely wounded at the Battle of Loos in the autumn of 1915. The following year, as a 2nd Lieutenant with the South Lancashire Regiment, Special Reserve, he received Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificate on 23 September 1916. After flying two-seaters for 21 Squadron on the Somme, he was posted to 54 Squadron where he scored seven victories flying Sopwith fighters. Post-war, Captain Sutton served with the Inter-Allied Commission of Control in Germany. Captain Sutton, aged 25, was killed in an aeroplane accident at the Martlesham Aerodrome and Experimental Station on 16 August 1921. Four days later, he was buried with full military honours in the Withyham Churchyard.
Great Britain, Royal Aero Club Aviators' Certificates, 1910-1950
British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920
Military Cross (MC)
"Lt. Oliver Manners Sutton, S. Lanc. R., Spec. Res. and R.F.C.
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. On at least eight separate occasions he showed great determination in attacking hostile aircraft, destroying them or driving them down out of control, and he has also done very good work in other flights by preventing hostile aircraft from getting on the tails of other machines. On one occasion, though his gun jammed, he dived three times and drove off an enemy machine."