INDENTM.C. London Gazette 11.5.1917. Captain, Royal Sussex Regiment, Special Reserve and Royal Flying Corps. "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He completed a valuable reconnaisance alone and at a very low altitude and in the face of heavy fire which riddled his machine. On another occasion he single handedly succeeded in driving off three hostile machines."
Captain Donald Campbell Rutter M.C. of Morden, Surrey, was killed on an early morning strafing patrol with 43 Squadron (Sopwith 1 ½ Stutters) on 7 June 1917, the first day of the Battle of Messines in the Flanders offensive.
43 Squadron History states "...in the first glimmers of dawn 43 Squadron sent off the first six Sopwiths...Captain Rutter, first away at 0410 hrs. with his Observer 2nd Lt. Jackson was never seen again. Almost certainly their aircraft must have received a direct hit from a heavy shell as they flew towards their targets. Captain Rutter who had seen service in the front line trenches of the Royal Sussex Regiment and the back cockpits of No. 8 Squadron's B.E.2s was the only surviving Flight Commander, the sole surviving pilot in fact...of the original Northolt contingent."