Private Robert Charles Houghton

Robert Charles Houghton (B: 24 September 1895) was working in Toronto, Ontario at the outbreak of the war and enlisted in the CEF in Toronto on February 18, 1916, regimental number 800176.

He was initially assigned to the 134th Battalion (48th Highlanders) but was transferred to the 15th Battalion in October 1916 where he remained until he was killed in action at Hill 70 on August 15, 1917.

Robert's remains were never found and his name is inscribed on the Vimy Memorial. He was only 22 at the time of his death. His family commissionned a memorial plaque to honour Robert and his brother Tom, which is located in St. Mark's Anglican Church in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Both men are also memorialized on the cenotaph in Niagara.

He was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

This account was provided by Robert's great-nephew, David Grindlay, niece Ruth Louise (Houghton) Grindlay and nephew, Tom Hadley Houghton.

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