Hughes, Edward Samuel

Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Geoffrey Alexander Mitchell.

Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Greenfield War Memorial.

Name / Enw: Hughes, Edward Samuel

Regiment/Catrawd: 16th Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers

Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Private 203257

Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Erqinghem-Lys Churchyard Extension

Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: Plot: 11. Row: F. Grave: 10

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

Medals Awarded / Medalau a ddyfarnwyd: Victory Medal, British War Medal

Date of Death: 19th September 1917

Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:

Killed in Action on Wednesday 19 September 1917 during the third battle of Ypres aged 23 years.

Edward Samuel Hughes was born in Holywell, Flintshire during 1894.

The 1901 Census tells us that the family lived at 7 Greenfield Street, Holywell, Flintshire.  The head of the family was Thomas Hughes aged 49, a Publican on his own account.  His wife Elizabeth Ann Hughes aged 48 and their 6 (six) children – Mary Catherine Hughes aged 24, John Thomas Hughes aged 22, Louisa Hughes aged 20, James Hughes aged 18, Aaron Hughes aged 8 and Edward Samuel Hughes aged 7. Also living with them as a Boarder was John Thomas Jones aged 21, who was employed as a Labourer in the Welsh Flannel Mill, Greenfield Road, Holywell.

By 1911 the family had moved house and now live at the Harp Inn, High Street, Holywell, where Thomas who is now 60 years of age is the Innkeeper.  His wife Elizabeth Ann aged 56 and their three remaining children at home, Mary Catherine aged 32, Edward Samuel aged 17 who was employed as a Piecer (Picking up broken threads in weaving) and Aaron aged 18 who was also a Piecer.   Both were employed at the Welsh Flannel Mill, Greenfield Road, Holywell.

Edward married Elizabeth Reece on 22 April 1915 and they lived at 1 Crescent Bank, Greenfield, Flintshire.

On 11 December 1915 aged 22 years 1 month he enlisted as a Private with 4th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers.  His Short Service Records show that it was for the duration of the war.  He was described as 5’4″ tall with a chest measurement of 35″ with a range of expansion of 3″.

He embarked for France on 2 August 1917 and was killed in action just over a month later at Ypres, Belgium.

Edward Samuel Hughes is also remembered on the Holywell War Memorial.

He is also remembered on the North Wales Heroes Memorial Arch, Deiniol Road, Bangor, Gwynedd, North Wales.

There is a Flintshire Roll of Honour card for Edward Samuel Hughes at the County Archives Office, Hawarden.