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St Ives Huntingdonshire
Arthur George Houghton was born in 1892 in St Ives and was the son of Herbert Albert a carpet planner and fitter and Anna Houghton née Fuller of 61 Balfour Road Nottingham. His father was born in 1866 in St Ives and his mother Anna Fuller was born in 1865 in Shelford Norfolk, they were married in 1885 in St Ives and went on to have the following children, Henry William b1886 St Ives, Margaret Annie 1887 St Ives, Arthur George b1892 St Ives, Dorothy b1894 St Ives, Eveline Florence b1896 St Ives, Walter John b1898 Leicester, Nellie Edith b1901 Leicester and William Herbert b1904 Leicester. In the 1911 census the family are living at 29 Noel Street, Leicester and are shown as Herbert Albert 45 yrs carpet planner and fitter, he is living with his wife Anna 46 yrs and their children, Henry William 25 yrs house painter, Margaret Annie 24 yrs, no occupation listed, Arthur George 19 yrs invoice clerk, Dorothy 17 yrs a dressmaker, Eveline Florence 15 yrs a hosiery cutter, Walter John 13 yrs a scholar, Nellie Edith 10 yrs a scholar, William Herbert 7 yrs a scholar,
In the 1911 census he is an invoice clerk
18 May 1915
453962 - CWGC Website
Radford Nottingham
1/4th Bn Leicestershire Regiment
Private Arthur George Houghton, enlisted at Leicester on 31st August 1914 he gave his age as 23 yrs and 4 months and his occupation as that of a clerk he served with the 1/4th Battalion Leicestershire Regiment. He landed in France on 2nd March 1915 and was killed in action on 18th May 1915. He is buried in Packhorse Farm Shrine Cemetery.
Article published 31st May 1915 in the Nottingham Daily Express :- “THE SUPREME SACRIFICE. “Sixteen Albert Hall Members Killed in Action. “At the Albert Hall Mission last evening [30th May 1915] the Rev. H. G. Oyston made special reference to the loss of two Nottingham men reported during the past week – Arthur Houghton and Lance-Corporal Arthur Allen. [1] Houghton was with the Leicester Regiment and Allen with the Northants. Both men, he said, were beloved by all who knew them, and a striking tribute was paid to their memory. “In all, 16 deaths have been reported of men from the Albert Hall Mission. Speaking on the Mission Roll of Honour, Mr. Oyston gave some interesting facts of 569 members of that roll. One hundred and thirty-eight, he said, were with the British Expeditionary Forces in France, 23 with the British Mediterranean Forces, 15 on the sea, four in the Colonies, two prisoners of war, and 297 in training in this country. “Reading a letter from a Nottingham boy with the British Expeditionary Force in the Mediterranean, Mr. Oyston appealed for literature for these men. Writing from the 2nd Division of the Notts. R.H.A., Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Bombardier Dearman said: “We don't see much English literature here, and should feel grateful to any friends who might be good enough to send me any periodicals, novels, &c., they have to spare.” [1] Pte. Alfred Ernest Allen, 2nd Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment, died of wounds on 12th May 1915. The 28 year-old son of Alfred and Ada Jessy Allen, of Bellbine Cottage, Frognall, Deeping St. James, Lincolnshire, is buried in Merville Communal Cemetery. Above article and information is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
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