Robert Houston

Male 1894 - 1983  (88 years)


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  • Name Robert Houston 
    Nickname Bob 
    Born 28 Jun 1894  Glasgow, Scottland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    War Service 25 Feb 1915  World War I Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Robert enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on 25 Feb 1915 and served in 17th Battalion at Gallipolli and later transferred to 2nd D.A.C. in France where he served until the end of the war and was discharged on 18 Oct 1919.  
    Military Service Record of Robert Houston
    Military Service Record of Robert Houston
    This is the World War I Service Record of Robert Houston
    Military Honours 1919  World War I Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Robert Houston was awarded the following military decoration for his service in the A.I.F. during World War I:
    1914/15 Star
    British War Medal
    Victory Medal
    Return from Active Service Badge
    Anzac Commemorative Medallion and Badge 
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
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    The Anzac Commemorative Medallion
    The Anzac Commemorative Medallion
    The Anzac Commemorative Medallion was instituted 1967. It was awarded to surviving members of the Australian forces who served on the Gallipoli Peninsula, or in direct support of the operations from close off shore, at any time during the period from the first Anzac Day in April 1915 to the date of final evacuation in January 1916.

    Next of kin, or other entitled persons, are entitled to receive the medallion on behalf of their relatives if the medallion has not been issued.

    The medallion is cast in bronze and is approximately 7.5 cm high and 5 cm wide. The obverse of the medallion depicts Simpson and his donkey carrying a wounded soldier to safety. It is bordered on the lower half by a laurel wreath above the word ANZAC. The reverse shows a map in relief of Australia and New Zealand superimposed by the Southern Cross. The lower half is bordered by New Zealand fern leaves. The name and initials of the recipient is engraved on the reverse. The medallion is issued in a presentation box.

    Surviving members were also issued with a lapel badge in the form of a small replica of the medallion to recognise their Gallipoli service. This badge is not issued to other applicants.
    Died 28 Feb 1983  Endeavour Nursing Home, Kogarah, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Robert Houston was born on 28 June 1894. He was 5ft 4 inches tall, darkish complexion with brown eyes, dark hair and single when he enlisted in the AIF in Liverpool on the 26 February 1915.
      On the 25th August 1923 Robert, then 29 years old Married Minnie Bottcher aged 28yrs. They were married in the Methodist Church at Stanmore, New South Wales, Australia. In 1924 their daughter Jean was born and Minnie's children from her first marriage were, James 8 years and Beryl 7 years old. They were live at 97 Denison Street Newtown New South Wales Australia.
      The family eventually moved to 429 Rocky Point Rd Sans Souci and Robert was employed at a Founders enameling baths.
      During the great depression, Robert, then in his late thirties found it hard to get work. But he did get employment on the Harbour Bridge during it construction between 1924 - 1932, along with his brother-in-laws, James Ramsay and Nils Isaksen.
      Once the great depression ended, Robert returned to his trade and worked at Mack el Raiths Baths, the bath founders, until he retired at age 65 in 1959.
      On 30th Apr 1943 Robert finally received his 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and the Victory Medal. In march 1967 he received the ANZAC Commemorative Medallion.
      Robert and his brother-in-law Rudy Burcher loved to watch the 18 foot yachts race on Botany Bay from a charted ferry. He was an esteemed veteran member of the St George Motor Boat Club.
      On the 28 February 1983, Robert Houston passed away in the Endeavor Nursing Home, at age 89, just 31 days before his Brother-In-Law and good friend, Nils Isakson.
    Person ID I6268  Tucker Family Tree | Bottcher family tree
    Last Modified 8 Oct 2008 

    Family Wilhelmina Augusta B÷ttcher,   b. 26 Nov 1894, 1 Park Street, Camperdown, Erskinville, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Dec 1964, Sans Souci, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Married 25 Aug 1923  Methodist Church, Stanmore, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. J.R. Houston
    Last Modified 22 Jul 2008 
    Family ID F1942  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 28 Jun 1894 - Glasgow, Scottland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 25 Aug 1923 - Methodist Church, Stanmore, New South Wales, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 28 Feb 1983 - Endeavour Nursing Home, Kogarah, New South Wales, Australia Link to Google Earth
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