b. 25/07/1916 Camden Town, London. d. 30/12/1944 Mogadishu, Somaliland.
DATE AND PLACE OF GC ACTION: 29/12/1944 Mogadishu, Somaliland.
He was born on 25 July 1916 in London and had been educated at Regent Street Polytechnic and the Royal Academy of Music, where a memorial to him was unveiled in 2006.
He was 28 years old and serving in the Somerset Light Infantry (Prince Albert's), attached to the Somalia Gendarmerie. Latutin, an officer, an NCO and a personal boy were in the training school store selecting fireworks for New Year when a fire broke out and almost simultaneously a great number of rockets began to explode and burn - there were some 170 cases of them in the store. With the force of the explosion and the fire, the store rapidly became an inferno. Latutin, regardless of the detonating rockets, the intense heat and the choking clouds of smoke, plunged into the flames and succeeded in dragging out the officer, who was almost unconscious owing to his injuries. By this time, Latutin was himself alight, but without an instant's hesitation he again rushed back into the flames and rescued the NCO. He was about to go in again for the boy when others restrained him. He sadly died of his severe injuries the following day.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: SOMERSET MILITARY MUSEUM, TAUNTON, SOMERSET.
BURIAL PLACE: NAIROBI WAR CEMETERY, NAIROBI, KENYA.
British War Graves Project kindly provided this photograph. (Mick McCann).