Friends of the Somme - Mid Ulster Branch  
20342   Private Frederick Houston
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Dated added: 01/01/2016   Last updated: 12/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 9th Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers (British Army)
Died: 01/07/1916 (Killed in Action)
Frederick Houston was the son of John Houston. Fred Houston was born in Castledawson. Frederick Houston enlisted in Bo'ness, West Lothian, Scotland. Private Frederick Houston was serving with the 9th Battalion of Princess Victoria's (Royal Irish Fusiliers) when he was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of the Somme on 1st July 1916. A newspaper report records that Fred was the son of the late Mr John Hueston, Green, Castledawson.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Mesnil Communal Cemetery Ext.
  Albert, Somme
Grave Ref: Grave III-A-6
CWGC Casualty 181944
The village of Mesnil is about 6.5 kilometres north of Albert. Using the D929 from Bapaume to Albert, continue until you reach La Boisselle where there is a right turning signposted to Aveluy on the D10. Upon entering Aveluy continue straight until you reach the crossroads where you should turn right to Beaumont-Hamel. Continue for 4 kilometres and take the left turning to Mesnil Martinsart. On reaching Mesnil village, carry straight on through and when leaving the village the communal cemetery will be found on your left side.
Local Memorial Details

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1 Castledawson WW1 Memorial - Panel 1 Castledawson
Local Insitute / Local Book Details

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1 They Didn't Come Home - Castledawson - WWI 51
References and Links
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1 Castledawson War Dead Details of Private Fred Houston including photo
2 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
3 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Private Frederick Houston's grave can be purchased here
Magherafelt District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2014-2020