A First War Medal Pair to the 4th Battalion Canadian Railway Troops
A First War Medal Pair to the 4th Battalion Canadian Railway Troops - British War Medal (904401 SPR. D.K. HOUSTON. C.R.T.); and Victory Medal (904401 SPR. D.K. HOUSTON. C.R.T.). Naming is officially impressed. Un-mounted, original ribbons, dark patina on the BWM, light contact, near extremely fine. Accompanied by copies of his Index Cards, Attestation Paper, Service Records, Medical Records, Pay Records, Discharge Certificates, Province of British Columbia Registration of Death, Department of Veterans Affairs Death Notice and Obituary from the Victoria Times. Footnote: Daniel Keith Houston was born on February 9, 1883 in Glasgow, Scotland, the son of Robert Houston and Margaret Teller (nee Kirk). He was a resident of Edmonton, Alberta when he signed his Attestation Paper as a Private with the 194th Infantry Battalion "Edmonton Highlanders", on March 3, 1916 in Edmonton, at the age of 33, naming his next-of-kin as his wife, Agnes Houston (nee Morgan), stating that he had no previous military service, that he was Married and that his trade was that of Motorman. He also had a daughter, Margaret, named after his mother. The Battalion was raised in Edmonton and District with mobilization headquarters at Edmonton under the authority of G.O. 69, July 15, 1916. The Battalion sailed November 14, 1916 aboard the S.S. Olympic, under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel W.C. Craig with a strength of 31 officers and 906 other ranks, arriving in England on the 21st. In England, the Battalion was absorbed into the 9th Reserve Battalion. Early in the new year, Houston was struck off strength to the Canadian Railway Troops Depot at Purfleet, on January 14, 1917 and taken on strength the following day. He was transferred to the 4th Battalion, Canadian Railway Troops on the 23rd, as a Sapper, arriving there the same day. One month after joining the 4th Battalion, CRT, he left for the French theatre on February 24, 1917, arriving in Boulogne that day. Houston reported ill on July 7, 1917 and was shuffled between 92nd Field Ambulance, 91st Field Ambulance and No. 3 Field Ambulance, before being admitted to No. 7 General Hospital at St. Omer with a case of Eczema. Five days later, he was transferred to No. 4 Stationary Hospital at Arques on the 12th, where he was treated for one week, before reporting from base and rejoining his unit on the 19th. He is also documented as having sought dental care at No. 12 Casualty Clearing Station on May 16, 1918, being discharged five days later on the 21st. He was struck off strength and posted to the Canadian Railway Troops Depot at Witley, on January 15, 1919 for the purpose of demobilization, then posted to the Canadian Concentration Camp at Kinmel Park on February 19th. He embarked Liverpool, England aboard the H.M.T. Celtic on March 10, 1919, arriving in Halifax, Nova Scotia on the 18th. Houston was discharged upon demobilization on March 24, 1919, at Dispersal Station "S", Military District No. 13 in Edmonton, credited with having served in Canada, the United Kingdom and France, entitled to wear the War Service Badge, Class "A", number 237134. He was awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal for his First World War service. In his civilian life, he was employed for thirty years as a Conductor with the Edmonton Street Railway. Houston died on October 20, 1965 at the Mayfair Rest Home in Victoria, British Columbia, at the age of 82, from a combination of arteriosclerosis and emphysema. He was cremated at Royal Oak Crematorium in Victoria.