9th Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers (British Army)
01/07/1916 (Killed in Action)
Frederick Houston was the son of John Houston. Fred Houston was born in Castledawson. Frederick Houston enlisted in Bo'ness, West Lothian, Scotland. Private Frederick Houston was serving with the 9th Battalion of Princess Victoria's (Royal Irish Fusiliers) when he was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of the Somme on 1st July 1916. A newspaper report records that Fred was the son of the late Mr John Hueston, Green, Castledawson.
The village of Mesnil is about 6.5 kilometres north of Albert. Using the D929 from Bapaume to Albert, continue until you reach La Boisselle where there is a right turning signposted to Aveluy on the D10. Upon entering Aveluy continue straight until you reach the crossroads where you should turn right to Beaumont-Hamel. Continue for 4 kilometres and take the left turning to Mesnil Martinsart. On reaching Mesnil village, carry straight on through and when leaving the village the communal cemetery will be found on your left side.