Francis Raymond HOUCHIN
Rank: Bombardier
Service Number:74672.
Regiment: Royal Field Artillery
Age Unknown
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Nantwich Guardian, Friday, December 7, 1917.


Bombardier Francis Raymond Houchin, of the R.F.A., son of Mrs. Houchin, 19 Orchard Place, Crewe, has been awarded the D.C.M. His gallant act was the release of officers from a dug-out after it had been knocked to pieces by an enemy shell. It is officially reported that Bombardier Houchin has been wounded, but not seriously. He is 25 years of age.

London Gazette 4 March 1918.

74672 A/Bombardier F.R. Houchin R.F.A.

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When a gas shell wrecked the officer’s dugout and all the occupants became casualties, he showed great coolness and determination as one of the rescue party, working on the heavy fire and in spite of gas fumes. On the following morning, though suffering from gas, he manned a gun with the only other man available and fired a bombardment programme made out for the whole battery. His splendid courage and determination enabled the battery to remain in action and carry out it's task during a most important period of the operations.