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Matthew James Albert HOUSTON

Regimental number3814
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationReading lad
Address49 Linton Street, Kangaroo Point, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinMother, Mrs Alice Dalton, 4 Quebec Buildings, Prestons Road, Poplar, London, England
Enlistment date14 September 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name26th Battalion, 9th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/43/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A62 Wandilla on 31 January 1916
Regimental number from Nominal Roll3814A
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll52nd Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 29 October 1917

FateReturned to Australia 20 October 1918

Military Medal

'This soldier was employed as a runner during the time his Battalion was in the line on BROODSEINDE RIDGE in October, 1917. The area which had had to traverse between his Company and Battalion Headquarters was at all hours of the day and night subjected to heavy shell fire, and other means of communication were frequently impossible owing to telephone lines being repeatedly broken. On the night 16th/17th October, 1917, in particular the work done by Private HOUSTON was exceptionally good, and called for a very high standard of courage and devotion to duty.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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