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Randle Charles HOUSTON

Regimental number2331
Place of birthMackay Qld
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressPalace Hotel, Mackay, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinMother, Mrs Mary Sarah Houston, Palace Hotel, Mackay, Queensland
Enlistment date1 April 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name41st Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/58/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A48 Boonah on 21 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll41st Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 1 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 12 December 1918
Medals

Military Medal

'During the operations of 26th/27th August,1918, East of Bray, this man, together with Private W.C. Browne, was in the front line position and saw an enemy ambulance car leaving the vicinity of our line. These men left their position and worked out towards the car under heavy Machine Gun fire. Before the driver had time to escape they captured the car, entered it, and ordered the driver to return to our lines. On seeing the car turn about the enemy opened fire and killed the driver, but Houston and Browne succeeded in bringing in the car.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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