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30 August 2015
9/710 Trooper John Hourston of Otago and Harray

Today is the centenary of the death, in hospital on Malta, of John Hourston.  His father had emigrated as a young man to New Zealand, where John worked as a labourer and also served in the Clutha Mounted Rifles.  John volunteered to serve overseas, but did so in an infantry role on Gallipoli.  John's health broke down in the difficult conditions there and he died of dysentery and pneumonia in a Malta Hospital on 30th August 1915.  His story is available as a Word document in the Harray section of the website, or can be downloaded direct as a pdf using the link below.  Eoin and Marie Sutherland of Kirkwall kindly visited John Hourston's grave during a holiday trip to Malta in 2008, taking photos and leaving a cross in his memory there.

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