22 April 1916: S/9985 Pte., Pte Frederick Houghton 1st Bn Seaforth Highlanders

'Missing in action' within two weeks of being posted to Mesopotamia

Frederick was born in 1897. He was a weaver from Burnley, Lancashire.

He finally enlisted successfully into the Seaforth Highlanders in Burnley in 1915 after six previous attempts.

In April 1916 he was sent as part of a draft bound for the 1st Battalion, in Mesopotamia.

On 22 April 1916, having only been ‘in theatre’ for about a fortnight, he was posted as ‘missing in action’ during the ill-fated third attack on Sannaiyat (one of the attempts to relieve the besieged garrison at Kut).

Having no known grave, Frederick is commemorated on the Basra Memorial, Iraq.

22 April 1916 killed in action.


'Remember: On This Day' is researched by David O'Mara.



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