9th Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth:
01/07/1916 (Killed in Action)
Frederick Houston was the son of John and Martha Houston. He was born on 14th June 1890. He was one of at least eleven children, all born in the Castledawson area. The family lived in Tamniarn, Castledawson, His father was a millwright. Frederick Houston enlisted in 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.
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.