Hugh Maurice HUGHES was born in the March Quarter of 1916, (Flintshire (Mold)FLNT/53/33) the son of Edward and Sarah Hughes, of Connah’s Quay, Flintshire.
I believe that Hughie’s family were living at 1, Waterloo Street, Connah’s Quay, Flintshire(4 Rooms) on the 1911 census. His father Edward John HUGHES, Head 36 Married (Married 9 years) Sea Faring (Away) born Flintshire (Edward must have been away at Sea.) was written down and signed by Sarah, 33, but crossed off the census by the Enumerator. Sarah tells us that 4 children had been born to her, and were still living, she hsd been born in Flintshire. Her mother, Margaret Jones, a74 and a widow, also Old age Pensioner had been born in Carnarvonshire was also Bilingual. The children were Edward John, 8, Mary, 5, Margaret, 3 and May, 1, all born in Flintshire.
I do not know about Hughie’s early life, so if anyone can shed any light on him, I would be very grateful to add it to his story, so he won’t be forgotten.
The 1939 Register which was taken on the 29th September 1939 show the family living at 9 Glynne Street , Hawarden R.D., Flintshire, Wales, sadly Edward John , Hughie’s father had died, but Hugh M. Hughes (Hughie) birthdate was given as 14th January 1916 and it also tells us that he was a Joiner and single. His mother Sarah’s birthdate was given as 5th January 1877 and she was a widow. I believe that Hughie’s sister May and her new husband were living there, May Ellames (nee HUGHS) was a Ladies Hairdresser and her birthdate was given as 30th May 1920, her husband Horace G. Ellames was a Commercial Traveller in Butcher’s Outfitting and his birthdate was given as 18th July 1903.
May had married at St Mark’s Church, Connah’s Quay on the 6th August 1934. Horace was the son of Joseph Ellames, who was an outfitter (Gentlemans) and had a shop on the High street across the way from the War Memorial, if I remember my youth, at 10-12 High Street, Connah’s Quay. May’s address was given as 1, Waterloo Street, Connah’s Quay, and her father Edward John HUGHES, was deceased, a Master mariner.
In 1941 at St Mark’s Church, Connah’s Quay Hugh Maurice, age 25 a Fitter, living at 9, Glynne Street, Queensferry, father Edward John HUGHES (Deceased), Sea Captain, married Frances Minnie Baines, 23, whose address was 49, Dee Road, Connah’s Quay, her father was Morgan BAINES, Steelroller. The Witnesses were :- Horace Graham ELLAMES & Edith Mary BAINES.
A Casualty form, (Page 2) tells us that 14342673 Fus. Hughes, Died of Wounds, 1st July 1944, while another Casualty List (Page 18) Corrections (Cont.) from previous List No. 1502 Burma – Unit & Rank should read S. Stafford R. – Pte.
The Royal Welsh Fusliers Registers confirms this as he is entered there, and it states – “Died of Wounds” Burma 1st July 1944. Trans. To S. Staffs Regt. 2nd May 1944 Docs. Passed 11th October 1944 (X72/44). This of course means that he had died before his documents got to the South Staffordshire Regt. Records!
Chester Chronicle 22nd July 1944 Pte Hughie HUGHES (28) DOW Burma CQ
DIED IN BURMA – News has just been received by his wife of the death from wounds received in action of Pte. Hughie HUGHES. Pte. HUGHES, who was 28, was the son of the late Capt. And Mrs. E.J. HUGHES and in civilian life was joiner, having served his apprenticeship with Mr. T. FISH*. His wife is the daughter of Mr. Morgan BAINES, Dee-road, Connah’s Quay.
*I remember him as the Local Undertaker – Mavis
Frances Minnie’s father Morgan Baines was also in WW1, I have some Army documents for him.
I also believe that Frances Minnie married again in 1948 to Thomas Raymond Cottrell in a Civil Ceremony at Holywell (Flintshire (Mold) HOL/70/123).
Hughie was well loved as his name was put forward to be added to the memorial, so he wouldn’t be forgotten.