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.
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.
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.)