Cloutte was born at Turnham Green in west London, the son of Arthur Cloutte and his wife Jane. His father was in 1881 headmaster of Hele's School, Plympton St Maurice, Devon, where Cloutte received his early education. Cloutte joined London Rowing Club and competed in the Wingfield Sculls over several years winning in 1902. In 1901 Cloutte lost to Harry Blackstaffe, but in 1902 won the race on the line. He lost to F S Kelly in 1903, to Saint-George Ashe in 1904 and to Harry Blackstaffe in 1905 and 1906. In 1905 he was runner up to L F Scholes in the Diamond Challenge Sculls.
- British Census 1881 RG11 2187/104 p20
- Henley Royal Regatta Results of Final Races 1839–1939 Archived 9 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine
- Wingfield Sculls Record of Races
- New York Times September 6, 1913
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