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Monday, 4 February 2013

Houston, Thomas

Lieutenant Thomas Houston MC
was born on 26th February 1894.  

His parents are unknown. 

There has been some confusion with an Ulster Bank official also called Thomas Houston whose family lived in house 27, Cyprus Gardens, Pottinger, Belfast.  Reference the 1901 and 1911 Irish Census.
On 6th September 1911, Houston joined Northern Bank at Head Office.  Transfers followed to Raphoe (1911), Lurgan (1913) and Head Office (1916). 
On 25th April 1916, Houston volunteered and enlisted into the Cadet Company, Royal Irish Fusiliers as a Private.  His unit is also recorded as the ‘Artists Rifles’.  He served with the British Expeditionary Force.  He was gazetted as a 2nd Lieutenant 10th Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers and then posted to the 1st Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers. 

The Belfast News Letter of 31st March 1917 reports:

Houston was later promoted to Lieutenant.  Houston saw action with the Allied Advances 1918.  He was injured and suffered a gunshot wound to the neck.  

The Belfast News Letter of 21st September 1918 reports:

The Belfast News Letter of 11th November 1918 reports the awarding of the Miliatry Cross (MC):

Demobilisation came in October 1919. 

Houston was awarded the Military Cross (MC), the British Victory Medal and the British War Medal. 
Following his demobilisation, Houston rejoined the Northern Bank on 10th November 1919 at Head Office.  He stayed in Head Office until 1925 when he was transferred to Grafton Street.  Transfers followed to Kells (1935) and Limavady (1943). 
A photograph is available – Belfast Evening Telegraph, 23 Cyprus Gardens, Belfast – awarded the Military Cross.

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