|The Rushden Echo Friday 17 August 1917, transcribed by Nicky Bates
Rushden Soldier's Death - Pte Herbert E Houghton Killed Instantly by a Shell
We are deeply grieved to report that Mrs H Houghton, 2 Grove-street, Rushden, has received unofficial news of the death in action of her husband, 31380, Pte Herbert Edgar Houghton, of the Northants Regiment. The sad news is sent by Lieut P S Stanbury in a letter dated August 8th. He writes:-
"It is with feelings of very deep regret that I have to inform you of the dearth in action of your gallant husband, Pte H Houghton, No. 31360. I trust it may be of some consolation to you in your irreparable loss to know that he was killed instantly by a shell whilst within the enemy's lines. Your husband was always a very good soldier indeed, and his loss will be greatly felt in the platoon. His personal effects I have sent into the orderly room, and they will be forwarded on to you as quickly as possible. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy in your cruel loss."
The late Pte Houghton, who was 33 years of age, leaves a widow and two children, and an aged mother, whom he supported, to mourn their loss.
Prior to being called up he had been employed by Mr T Wilmott, builder and contractor, Rushden, for 18 years, having served his apprenticeship with Mr Wilmott, commencing at the age of 15 years. He was a most trustworthy workman, and his loss is keenly felt by his former employer. The late Pate Houghton was called up in November last year, and proceeded to France in February this year.
|Kettering Leader & Wellingborough News, 17th August 1917, transcribed by John Collins
Rushden Man Falls in Action
We regret to report the death in action of Pte. Bert Houghton, of the Northants Regt. The deceased soldier lived at 5, Grove-street, Rushden, and leaves a wife and two children. He was 33 years of age, and worked for Councillor T. Wilmott from his apprenticeship, 18 years ago, until joining up in November. He was only eight weeks in training.