James Houghton

Apr 19, 1897

Born in Redditch, England to George Henry and Jane Elizabeth (nee Webb) Houghton


May 18, 1912

Embarked the SS Canada in Liverpool with his parents and 4 siblings



May 26, 1912

Disembarked in Montreal, Quebec and proceeded to Peterborough, Ontario


Nov 4, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59482 (temporary number 532)

Ø  Next of kin given as George Houghton, father, Common St., Peterborough, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

Ø  Posted to “E” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “C” Company and employed as a Scout

On attesting, James Houghton lied about his age, stating he had been born April 19, 1895, not his actual birth year of 1897.  He was only 16 years old.

The 21st Battalion trained in the Kingston, Ontario area through the winter of 1914-15.


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec



May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent to continue training


Aug 24, 1915

James’ father George, attested into the 59th Battalion in Peterborough, Ontario.  Once in England, he was transferred to the Royal Canadian Regiment.


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the battalion proceeded to St. Omer

Shortly after arrival at the front, Private Houghton was attached to the 4th Brigade Headquarters and employed in an Observation Unit watching the enemy lines for activity.


Jun 19, 1916

Granted 7 days leave


Jun 27, 1916

Rejoined the brigade from leave


Sep 29, 1916

During heavy fighting at Regina Trench near Thiepval, France, Private Houghton received shrapnel wounds to back, neck and left leg.  He was evacuated to a field ambulance for first aid


Oct 2, 1916

Transferred to a casualty clearing station for further treatment


Oct 3, 1916

Transferred to the No. 18 General Hospital in Camiers, France


Oct 4, 1916

During heavy fighting north of Courcelette, France, James’ father George was killed in action with the Royal Canadian Regiment.  His identifiable remains were never recovered from the battle field and his name is honoured on the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, Vimy Ridge, France.  This was part of the same action that his son James was wounded.



Oct 7, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Maheno


On arrival in England he was admitted to the No. 3 Southern General Hospital in Oxford

Transferred to CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) for pay purposes while in hospital


Oct 25, 1916

Transferred to the Bearwood Park Hospital in Wokingham


Dec 12, 1916

Discharged from hospital care


Dec 27, 1916

Attached to the Canadian Convalescent Depot for Physical Training


Feb 10, 1917

Rejoined the Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre from the convalescent depot


Feb 12, 1917

Attached to the CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) in Buxton pending leave to Canada.  Although not mentioned in the file, one would assume this was Compassionate Leave, a result of his father’s death at the front


Feb 17, 1917

Granted leave to Canada until April 28, 1917

Embarked the SS Scandinavian in Liverpool at his own expense



Mar 8, 1917

Disembarked in Saint John, New Brunswick and proceeded to Peterborough, Ontario on leave


Mar 20, 1917

Transferred to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) Seaford, for records purposes while on leave to Canada


Apr 28, 1917

Leave extended until May 28, 1917


May 28, 1917

Leave extended until June 28, 1917


Jun 28, 1917

Leave extended to July 28, 1917


Aug 28, 1917

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  Entitled to War Service Badge Class “A”

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge Brownton Post Office, Peterborough, Ontario

On being discharged, the expense incurred to travel from England to his home in Canada was refunded.

Following the end of the war, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 581 Patterson Ave., Peterborough, Ontario


Jul 30, 1918

Married to Lily Sophia Downes in Peterborough, Ontario



Jul 17, 1984

James Houghton died in Peterborough, Ontario


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