Sydney Robert HOUGHTON DSO, MC, MID

HOUGHTON, Sydney Robert

Service Number: Captain
Enlisted: 28 August 1914
Last Rank: Captain
Last Unit: 12th Infantry Battalion
Born: Perth, WA, 21 March 1893
Home Town: Launceston, Launceston, Tasmania
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Telegraphist
Died: Hobart, Tasmania, 5 February 1951, aged 57 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Cornelian Bay Cemetery and Crematorium, Tasmania
Memorials: Hobart Postmaster-General's Department WW1 Honour Roll, Hobart Roll of Honour, Lindisfarne Officers of the 12th Battalion Pictorial Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

28 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, SN Captain, 12th Infantry Battalion
20 Oct 1914: Embarked 12th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Geelong, Hobart
20 Oct 1914: Involvement 12th Infantry Battalion
1 Feb 1915: Promoted AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 12th Infantry Battalion
19 Sep 1916: Promoted Captain, 12th Infantry Battalion
21 Aug 1917: Honoured Military Cross, For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He led his company in the attack with gallantry, at Ligny on 27/2/1917
4 Oct 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Captain, 12th Infantry Battalion
30 Oct 1919: Honoured Mention in Dispatches, For conspicuous daring and initiative under fire in attack on Ligny, 27 February 1917, and obtaining valuable information
25 Mar 1920: Honoured Companion of the Distinguished Service Order, "The Last Hundred Days", Near Jeancourt, on 18th September,1918, his company had to advance over 2,500 yards before attaining their objective.

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Distinguished Service Order

'Near Jeancourt, on 18th September,1918, his company had to advance over 2,500 yards before attaining their objective. His gallant ad able leadership resulted in the rapid and successful capture of each point of resistance by successive operations. With 120 rifles he captured more than 130 prisoners and twelve machine guns. He did fine work.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 30
Date: 25 March 1920
 

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He led his company in the attack with gallantry, and personally carried out daring reconnaissances under very heavy fire. He has at all times set a splendid example of courage and determination.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 133
Date: 21 August 1917

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