Private Joseph Hutt served with the 1st Battalion Worcestershire Regiment from 1939 to 1942. He saw action in Sudan, Eritrea and Abyssinia. After mopping up at Amba Alagi, Abyssinia the 1st Battalion moved back to Asmara, Eritrea before moving again at the end of July 1941 to the Western Desert via Egypt.
The move to Egypt was made by sea and after four very hot, uneventful days at sea they disembarked at Port Tewfiq on the 5th August 1941. There then followed a month of intensive training in the canal zone at Ismailia. The next move on the 9th September 1941 was to Burg el Arab which was about 20 miles down the Matruh costal road from Alexandria. The next few days was spent in getting acquainted with the desert conditions with M.T. exercises forming the basis of the training.
On the 3rd October 1941 the 1st Battalion moved to an area of the Siwa oasis. Then followed a move to Giarubub, where desert operations consisted mainly of long-distance raids.
In mid-December 1941 a sudden order was received to move back to Mena, in Egypt, which was completed by train on the 24th December 1941. The battalion then spent the Christmas period in Cairo but early in the new year rumours came in of German successes in the desert and on the 16th January 1942 the brief period of rest came to an abrupt end. A move was made to the outskirts of Alexander followed by a 400 mile march in the Western Desert bring the battalion within 30 miles of Tobruk.
On the 14th February 1942 the 1st Battalion was widely dispersed and responsible for the defence of the Southern sector of Tobruk.
By May 1942 the 1st Battalion was at the extreme southern end of the British defences running through Agheila, guarding the flank which was held by the French Foreign Legion.
In June 1942 the battalion was in the area around Bel Hamid which contained a large petrol and supply dump. By the 8th June 1942 the battalion were holding an area about 25 miles south-west of Tobruk an established a box at Point 187 in the Knightsbridge sector.