Author Topic: John Houston Royal Irish Rifles 1889-1964  (Read 238 times)

Rubikcube

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John Houston Royal Irish Rifles 1889-1964
« on: June 22, 2020, 11:09:13 AM »
Anyone know of family of above man and how to contact them. Preferably by email

Elwyn

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Re: John Houston Royal Irish Rifles 1889-1964
« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2020, 04:17:51 PM »
     I think John married Lillian Gilbert in 1915:
 
https://civilrecords.irishgenealogy.ie/churchrecords/images/marriage_returns/marriages_1915/09816/5564569.pdf
 
They had a daughter Eileen in 1916 who died in 1925, and a daughter Lilian born in 1919. (There may have been others but births post June 1920 are not on-line yet).
 
John looks to have died 11.12.1864 aged 75 and is buried in Dundonald Cemetery with daughter Eileen and 2 Gilberts.  Johnís death certificate might offer some next of kin. His address in 1964 was 558 Oldpark Rd.

     Belfast Telegraph 12th December 1964 has a death notice which mentions his wife, son John, son Cecil and daughter in law Ianthe, grandson and daughter and son in law Lilian & Jack and grandchildren, Nairobi, Kenya, and daughter and son in law Daisy, Harold & grandchildren, Canberra, Australia.
 
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Re: John Houston Royal Irish Rifles 1889-1964
« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2020, 04:31:13 PM »
Thanks Elwyn. John Houston was my great grandfathers brother.

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Re: John Houston Royal Irish Rifles 1889-1964
« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2020, 09:56:02 PM »
He was awarded the Military Medal and bar. I have discovered why he was given Military Medal but I don't know why he was given the bar to go with it

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Re: John Houston Royal Irish Rifles 1889-1964
« Reply #4 on: June 28, 2020, 11:50:14 PM »
https://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/help-with-your-research/research-guides/british-military-campaign-and-service-medals/

https://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/help-with-your-research/research-guides/british-military-gallantry-medals/

Until 1928 I think it was, service numbers were not unique to an individual, they had been called regimental numbers, and were issued by each regiment or corps to an individual who entered a different regiment or corps, so a person could have numerous regimental numbers, but the regimental number for the Military Medal and Bar is probably the best number source for the relevant person.

https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/results/r?_col=200&_fn=john&_ln=houston&_crp=royal%20irish%20rifles&_ser=WO%20372&id=C14576