Hughes, Robert H

Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Mavis Williams

Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Connahs Quay

Name / Enw: Hughes, Robert H

Regiment/Catrawd: Northumberland Fusiliers (formerly Royal Welsh Fusiliers)

Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Private 49434 (formerly33187)

Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Connah’s Quay Cemetery

Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: Grave No. 560 CON.

Country of Cemetery or Memorial / Gwlad y fynwent neu gofeb: Wales

Medals Awarded / Medalau a ddyfarnwyd: Victory and British War medals

Date of Death: 27th October 1919

Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:

Died on leave 27th October 1919, age 21

Robert H  first appeared on a census in 1901. He was living at 344 High Street Connah’s Quay with his family which comprised Alfred T Hughes (snr) head of household. He was 32 and a brick burner at the brickworks and had been born in Connah’s Quay. His wife was Esther 29 who had been born in Northop. Their children were all born in Connah’s Quay. Lily B was 9, Alfred T  8, Stephen A  6 and  Robert H was 3.

Ten years later in the 1911 census, the family’s fortunes had changed. Ester was a widow and head of the household. They lived in 9 Chapel Street Connah’s Quay. The children listed were Lily 19, Alfred 17, a labourer, Robert 13, Charles 10, May J 5 and Stephen 7. (Puzzling. This census form tells us that there had been 7 children born to this family and all had survived. 6 are listed. The missing one is Stephen A who would have been 16. Seems odd to have two surviving children named Stephen).

Esther signed with an X.    –  Esther had written that she had been married for 16 years and had 7 children all living but theenumerator had crossed this out as she was now a Widow. This gives us a clue as to when Alfred T (Husband of Esther ) died.

Esther had married Harry Pearson in 1913 in Holywell, a Civil Marriage. ( Flintshire (Mold)  North Wales HOL/37/18)

There is an index card for Robert Hughes in the Flintshire Roll of Honour at the County Record Office in Hawarden. It gives 9 Chapel Street Connah’s Quay as the address and states that he was in the 8th Royal Welsh Fusiliers and was Pte 33187. It says he served for 4 years and 309 days. The word Mesopotamia is written and it says he died on leave in October 1919. The card was signed by another Robert Hughes.

His Medal Card gives both regiments and both regimental numbers as stated above. It has ‘Dis’ written on the card which presumably means discharged.

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There was no CWGC Certificate for Robert, and I appealed in November last year for him to be “Brought in from the Cold,” which was turned down at first even though his niece Maureen Jenkins (nee Bennett) and her husband Brian sent in the death certificate.   He wouldn’t have had Malaria if he hadn’t gone abroad in the Service of his country, so I appealed again and the Flintshire Record Office in Hawarden kindly sent a copy of his WW1 Flintshire Index Card to them and today 2nd September 2015 I received an email with the decision of the National Army Museum set out their decision.  If you would like a copy of the War Graves Adjudication: 436, please contact me on the website.

Robert’s original Death Certificate that the CWGC would not accept.

Original short version.

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New Death Certificate accepted by the CWGC.

Please see Alfred T Hughes who was also killed and who has his own page on this website.  He was the brother of Robert Henry. Their Mother Esther married Henry (Harry) H. Pearson, who is also named on this memorial and has his own page on this website.

Monumental Inscriptions Connah’s Quay Cemetery  Volume 1 – Page 12 JR1 – 129 (Sandstone kerb, inscribed on end.)

Robert’s grave is in Connah’s Quay cemetery . The inscriptions are as follows.

In loving memory of Alfred the beloved husband of Esther Hughes who died May 1st 1906 age 37 years. 

Also Alfred their son, who died Gallipoli Aug 12th 1915 aged 22 years.  

In Loving memory of Harry, the beloved husband of Esther Pearson, died of wounds March 25th 1918 aged 36 years. –

Also Robert son of the above Esther Pearson who died of Malaria October 27th 1919 aged 21 years.

(Monumental Inscriptions Connah’s Quay Cemetery  Volume 1 – Page 12 JR1 – 129 (Sandstone kerb, inscribed on end.)

Flintshire Observer 30th October 1919 3

    Flintshire Observer 30th October 1919

Connah’s Quay – The death of Robert Hughes (25), Chapel Street, took place on Monday.   He joined up early in the war and rendered valuable service in various theatres, particularly Mesopotamia.   Whilst on active service he contracted malaria, the after effects of which he felt continually.   He was only recently demobilised, and returned to his home in hope of resuming his work at the Hawarden Bridge Steel works.   However, his old complaint returned, and on Monday he passed away despite careful medical attention.   His step-father and brother died during the war.   All the male members of the family have served in the R.W.F.   Much sympathy is felt for his mother in her great sorrow.