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54038: Uniform jacket worn by Thomas N. F. Hourston

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Editor's Comment: Officers' Service Dress Jacket, with Scottish cuff rank to a Captain (two bars of braid and three pips). Two wound stripes on lower left sleeve, four Overseas Service Chevrons on lower right (the three blue chevrons indicating three years service, the red one service overseas before 31st December 1914). Argyll and Sutherland Higlanders collar badges and buttons, medal ribbons of the Military Cross, with rosette signifying a bar (second award), 1914/15 Star, War medal, Victory medal with oak leaf signifying 'Mentioned in Dispatches'.

Captain Thomas Nicol Folster Hourston, 10th Bn. Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (9th (Scottish) and later 32nd Division) served as Adjutant of his battalion from 16th February 1918. He began his war as a Private, service no. 2796 in the London Regiment, and was comissioned 5th August 1916. Originally from Orkney. His Military Cross Citations are as follows:

Supplement to the London Gazette, 26th July 1917: 'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He took command of his company during the advance and handled it with great coolness and ability. Although wounded he continued to command for 48 hours.'

Supplement to the London Gazette, 10th December 1919: 'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty at Joucourt and Chataigries Wood from 29th September to 5th October, 1918. During a determined counter-attack by the enemy, when the situation was very obscure, he went up on his own initiative and organised two companies in defensive positions, completely restoring the situation at a critical time. He was of great assistance to his C.O. through five very difficult and tryirig days.'

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Identifier

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Subject

Hourston, Thomas N. F.

Date

1914 - 1918

Date Created

01/08/1914

Temporal Coverage

31/12/1918

Source

Artifact

Medium

Mixed

Type

Other

Contributor

Richard Marshall | Ian M Hourston

Rights

The Great War Archive, University of Oxford / Primary Contributor

Publisher

The Great War Archive, University of Oxford

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