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54591: Photograph of Thomas Hourston

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Thomas Hourston came from Orkney.

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Photograph of Thomas Hourston in Service Dress. Note that tartan breeches are worn rather than the kilt. The jacket survives and is submitted seperately.

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

4385.jpg| GWA_2965_LG26_19.jpg|

Subject

Hourston, Thomas N. F.

Date

1918

Date Created

01/01/1918

Temporal Coverage

31/12/1918

Source

Photograph

Medium

Photographic paper

Type

Photograph

Contributor

Richard Marshall | Ian M Hourston

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The Great War Archive, University of Oxford / Primary Contributor

Publisher

The Great War Archive, University of Oxford

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