Regiment : Royal Canadian Regiment
Service number : 455476
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : 4th October 1916 aged 40
Buried : Commemorated on Vimy Memorial, France.
Relatives : Husband of Elizabeth Houghton
Memorial : Redditch War Memorial
Casualty identified by Jillian Coombes from the Remembering Redditch’s Fallen Heroes book:
Although George Henry Houghton was born in Redditch he emigrated to Canada with his wife Elizabeth (Webb) and their 10 children to Quebec, 26th May 1912. He was killed on October 4th 1916 aged 40 at Vimy Ridge, France and he is remembered on Vimy Memorial. His parents were Henry and Sarah Houghton who were living at 16 Windsor Street, Redditch on 1881 census.
The following information has been researched by Sandra Taylor:
George Henry Houghton enlisted in the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force on 24th August 1915 at Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. On his attestation paper he gave his date of birth as 14th February 1876 in Redditch, Worcestershire, England, his profession as a stone rutter and his next of kin as his wife, Elizabeth Houghton, Orpington Road, Brownton P.O., Ontario. George had 7 years previous military experience as a Private with a volunteer regiment in England. He was 5 feet 10½ins tall with blue eyes, light brown hair and a fresh complexion.
A form with particulars of his family found within George’s service records states that the couple had six children, four boys and two girls – James aged 19, Ernest aged 17, Fred aged 13, George aged 3, Bessie aged 15 and Hilda aged 5 months.
George sailed from Halifax, Canada on the S.S. Olympic on 5th April 1916, disembarking at Liverpool, England on 11th April 1916. He joined his regiment in France on 28th June 1916 and was killed in action on 4th October 1916.
National Archives of Canada Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 4525 – 23