Thomas Nicol Folster Hourston, a native of the Orkney Isles in Scotland was attached to the London Scottish Regiment for ten months from 1914 to 1915. He then joined the 10th Battalion, Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders on November 11, 1916, transferring from the 3rd Reserve Battalion with the rank of Second Lieutenant. During this time he was wounded twice, once at the Battle of Loos (September 1915) and again at Arras (April 1917).
Lieutenant Hourston miraculously survived a potentially deadly accident in 1917 near Havrincourt, France, when his party was inadvertently found to be in an area in which heavy friendly artillery fire was imminent. Luckily, one of the first shells to be fired was carried by the wind and missed his group. Hourston was promoted to temporary Captain in February 1918, and later that month was appointed Adjutant. He was decorated twice for bravery, earning a Military Cross in May 1917, and a bar to the medal December 1918. He is listed in the June, 1920 Service List as a Captain in the Argyll & Sutherlands.
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