1885 - 1916
CPL David Wallace Crawford
1887 - 1916
Lce-Corpl John Joseph Nickle
1894 - 1916
Pte 17911 Morton Neill
1897 - 1916
Lieut Edward Stanley Ashcroft
1883 - 1918
Pte 22116 Thomas Houghton
- Age: 22
- From: Birkenhead, Cheshire
- Regiment: The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 20th Btn
- K.I.A Thursday 2nd August 1917
- Commemorated at: Menin Gate Memorial
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Thomas Houghton was born in 1894 in Birkenhead and resided in Litherland, Liverpool. He was baptised on the 12th September 1890 in Boxley. He was the son of William and Elizabeth Houghton of 20, Violet Rd, Litherland, Liverpool. His mother Charlotte had died in Warrington in 1903 and the father re-married Elizabeth Mulhall in 1904.
The 1911 Census shows Thomas living at 12 Station Road, Prescot with his Uncle Peter Lyle and Aunt Mary Elizabeth Lyle (Nee Houghton) (They married 1880).
Peter is aged 55, born 1856 is an engine fitter in a cable worksand born in Paisley, Scotland. His wife Mary Elizabeth is aged 49, born 1862 and born in Rhuddlan, Flintshire. They have five children living at the address as well as Thomas who is aged 17, born 1894 and is a wire mill labourer in a cable works.
He enlisted in Liverpool and was serving in the 20th Battalion, The King’s Liverpool Regiment as Private No 22116 when he was killed in action on the 2nd August, 1917 aged 22 during the Third Battle of Ypres.
He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Belgium.
He is also commemorated on the Litherland Civic Memorial and at BICC Rod Rollers, Prescot.
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His brother Arthur also fell. Arthur Houghton was the son of William Houghton and Charlotte Houghton - His mother Charlotte died in Warrington in 1903. His father married Elizabeth Mulhall in 1904. Arthur was born in 1898 at Prescot.
He enlisted at Liverpool and was killed in action on 25th July 1915.
A report on his death appeared in the Bootle Times on the 17th September 1915:
BOOTLE MAN KILLED IN FRANCE.
A large circle of friends will regret to hear of he death of Private Arthur Houghton, of the 4th King's (Liverpool Regiment), who was killed in action in France on July 25th. He resided at 21, Nevada-street, Bootle, and was in hi his twenty-second year. At one time he was an ardent member of one of the local contingents of the Boys' Brigade, in which he took a deep interest.
He is buried at Rue-David Military Cemetery, Fleurbaix.
Killed On This Day.(102 Years this day)
Saturday 10th August 1918.
Lance Corporal 30546 Charles Harold Fairclough
33 years old