William Forrester Houston

Military Information

  • Date of enlistment:
  • Place of enlistment: Dundee
  • Service no: 10084
  • Rank: Sergeant
  • Awards:
  • Regiment/Service: Royal Scots
  • Unit/Ship: 1st Battalion
  • Place of Death: Greece
  • Age at Death: 28
  • Date of Death: 04.10.1918
  • Burial Country: Greece
  • Cemetery: Mikra British Cemetery, Kalamaria
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: 424

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth: 21.05.1891
  • Place of Birth: Wilson St, Lochee, Dundee
  • Address:
  • Occupation:
  • Mother:

    Jane Elizabeth Houston (nee Forrester)

  • Father:

    John Houston, 63 High St, Lochee

  • Siblings:

    Charles & Edward

  • Spouse:
  • Children:

More about William Forrester Houston

William had 2 brothers who also fell during the Great War, they were, Cpl Charles Houston 27921, 2nd Battalion Royal Scots, who died of wounds 29.07.1916, and Sgt Edward Houston 11024, 2nd Battalion Royal Scots, who died of wounds 19.04.1917.

William Forrester Houston   10084   Royal Scots

William Houston, 1st Royal Scots, (Salonika Forces), has been nine years in the army and was drafted from India to the front at the outbreak of war.  He was wounded on 31st May 1915, and for a time afterwards acted as instructor to a home unit. Has been about three months in Salonika.

Dundee People’s Journal 14th October 1916

Family’s Third War Loss.

Mr and Mrs John Houston, 63 High Street, Lochee, have received intimation that their eldest son, Sergeant William Houston, Royal Scots, died at Salonika, 4th October, from influenza and malaria fever.  Sergeant Houston, who had been in this regiment for eleven years, was drafted from India when war broke out, and was wounded at the battle of the Marne.  For some time after that he was stationed in this country.  He had been at Salonika for over two years.  This is the third and last member of Mr Houston’s family to give his life for his country.  Sergt. Edward Houston died of wounds on 19th April, 1917, while Lance Corporal Charles also died of wounds on 29th July 1916.

Dundee Courier 15th October 1918

HOUSTON___In loving memory of L-Cpl. Charles John Houston, who died of wounds, 29th July, 1916; Sgt. Edward Houston, who died of wounds, 19th April 1917; and Sgt William Houston, who died of malaria at Salonika, 4th Oct. 1918, beloved sons of Mr and Mrs John Houston, 63 High Street, Lochee.

Dundee People’s Journal 4th October 1919

Information supplied by Gary Thomson, additional information and image kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell

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