Major, 6th Battalion Manchester Regiment.

Died of wounds 22nd March 1918, age 22.

Buried ar Roisel Communal Cemetery Extension, France.

Student of medicine.


John was born in 1896 to Edwin and Margaret Jane Houghton of 242 Oxford Road, Manchester (very close to the University Main Building). He was their youngest son. He attended Manchester Grammar School between 1908 and 1911 and entered Manchester University in 1912 to study medicine. While a student he was part of the University Officer Training Corps and in Oct 1914 left to take up a commission with 6th Battalion Manchester Regiment. He spent some time attached to the 142nd Machine Gun Company and at some point was wounded. In March 1918 he was reported as missing, but in early 1919 confirmation was received that he had died of wounds at a German dressing station at Vermand, near St. Quentin. He left effects worth £1026 15s to Lucy Anne Houghton, the wife of Robert Alfred Houghton.