Red Dutton is Born
Red Dutton's given name was Norman Alexander Dutton, but that name didn't stick. A family friend of the Duttons refused to call him Norman because it had a negative connotation for her, so she instead called him "Mervyn." His friends called him "Red" after the color of his hair. To most, he was known as Mervyn "Red" Dutton.
Red's father, Bill, was a successful contractor who helped build Canada's transcontinental railway system. Red often helped his father at his work when he was a boy. He had at least two elder brothers, and a sister.