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Forename(s): Richard

Place of Birth: Pilling, Lancashire

Service No: 5045

Rank: Regimental Sergeant-Major

Regiment / Corps / Service: Loyal North Lancashire Regiment

Battalion / Unit: 1st Battalion

Division: 1st Division

Age: ---

Date of Death: 1916-09-20

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: West of Church.


CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---


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Richard Houghton (born 16 May 1878) was the son Sarah Ann Thornton (born Pilling, Lancashire, c. 1858), the daughter of Robert and Ann Thornton.

1881 Stalmine, Lancashire Census: Moss Side Farm - Richard Thornton, aged 2 years, born Pilling, Lancashire. [Richard was living with his mother, Sarah A. Thornton, who was employed by James Bee, Farmer.]

1891 Warton, Lancashire Census: L.N.W.R. Cottage - Richd Houghton, aged 12 years, born Pilling, Lancashire, son of Sarah A. and [stepson of] John Houghton. [Sarah had married John in 1881.]

1911 South Tidworth, Hampshire Census: Bhurtpore Military Barracks, 1st Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regimemt - Colour Sergeant Richard Houghton, aged 33 years, born Pilling, Lancashire.

The British Army Service Record for Richard Houghton exists but may be incomplete. [Richard attested at Lancaster on the 25 January 1896. He was shot in his left arm on the 13 October 1915 and was discharged from the Army on the 17 September 1916. When discharged he was suffering from pulmonary tuberculosis.]

The British Army Pension Record for Richard Houghton exists but may be incomplete.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: CSM and W.O. Class 1 Richard Houghton, 5045, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. Theatre of War (1) France. Qualifying date [for 1914-15 Star]: 17 February 1915.

A short biography of Richard is included in: ‘Sedbergh and District 1914-1918 - But who shall return the children?’ Compiled by Sedbergh and District History Society. Edited by Diane Elphick (2016).

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Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Loyal North Lancashire Regiment

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Loyal North Lancashire Regiment

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 1st Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 1st Division

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Forename(s): R

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 5045

Rank: Serjeant-Major

Regiment: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment

Unit: 3rd Bn.



Died Date: 20/09/1916

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'The Westmorland Gazette' (30 September 1916)

(Kindly supplied by Sedbergh & District History Society)


Deep regret is felt in the Sedbergh district at the death of Regimental Sergt.-Major Richard Houghton, Loyal North Lancashire Regt., which occurred at the residence of his mother at Hallbank, near Sedbergh, on Thursday last week. The deceased soldier was not a native of the place, but had spent several furloughs there, and was much liked and esteemed by all who had made his acquaintance, being an exceedingly smart soldier and of the most modest and unassuming demeanour. He had served 20 years and 235 days in the Army, and was 39 years of age. He was wounded in the left arm at Loos on the 15th of September last year, and also badly gassed. From the effects of this he gradually sank. The funeral was at Warton on Monday.

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St Oswald's Churchyard, Warton

St Oswald's Churchyard, Warton

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Courtesy of David Shackleton



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