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Name:
John William Hughes
Casualty No.:
Initials:
J W
Service No.:
Date of Birth:
Place of Birth:
Darlington
Age at Death:
25
Ranks:
Lieutenant; 2nd Lieutenant
Unit:
2nd Battalion Duke of Wellington's West Riding Regiment
Teesdale Township:
Place Enlisted:
Home Address:
Civilian Employment:
Tailor
Cause of Death:
Killed in action
Date of Death:
Place of Death:
Battles & Campaigns:
UK Commemorated:
Overseas Commemorated:
Buried:
Chocques Military Cemetery
Decoration and Medals:
Service :
Army
Service Records:
Death Notice/Obituary:

In a letters to John's mother, his fellow officers describe how 'he died leading his men into battle like the very gallant Englishman that he always was. He was his by a bullet and died instantly and absolutely with pain.'

 

Family Details:

Son of John (deceased) and Sarah Hughes, 45 Hurworth Terrace, Darlington.

Notes:

Before enlisting John was an apprentice tailor in Barnard Castle. 

He was awarded the Military Cross for his bravery. When German troops invaded their front line John gathered a few men and drove them away with bombs, despite being outnumbered five to one.

He is described as being 'full of life' and 'never downhearted even under the worst conditions'.

Teesdale Mercury-01/05/1918: Local and other notes: Sympathetic letters

Teesdale Mercury-24/04/1918: Roll of Honour Notice

 

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Sources:
Local Memorials: www.newmp.org.uk; Teesdale Townships: Teesdale Poor Law Union 1914; First Name: St Mary's data; Private Individual; Last Name: Teesdale Mercury 24.04.1918 - Page 5: Column 4; Service: St Mary's data; Private Individual; Ranks: St Mary's data; Teesdale Mercury 24.04.1918 - Page 5: Column 4; Unit: St Mary's data; Teesdale Mercury 24.04.1918 - Page 5: Column 4; Date of Birth: St Mary's data; Place of Birth: St Mary's data; Civilian Employment: St Mary's data; Age at Death: Private Individual; Cause of Death: St Mary's data; Private Individual; Date of Death: St Mary's data; Private Individual; Buried: St Mary's data; Private Individual; Notes: Teesdale Mercury 24.04.1918 - Page 5: Column 4; Campaign Medals: Private Individual;