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Hughes, David William

David was the son of Moses & Martha Hughes and on the 1901 census they were living at 6, Strickland’s Row, Mold, Flintshire.   Moses Hughes and Martha Roberts had married in a civil ceremony at Holywell in 1900. (HOL/27/E22).   David was 4 months old on the day of the census, 5th April, 1901 and Moses was  22 and a Coal Miner (Below Ground) who had been born in Mold, Flintshire. His wife, Martha was also 22 and had been born in Holywell.

Three years later, Martha was to suffer a  loss as Moses died in 1904 (MOLD/34/16). In 1907, however Martha was to find a new love and married David Charles Edwards in St. John’s Church, Mold. The marriage certificate recorded that  David Charles Edwards was  27,  a bachelor and a Shoemaker who also  lived in Strickland’s Row Mold. His father was John Edwards, a Gardener and Martha’s father was David Roberts, a Smelter.

The 1911 census records a big family still living at Strickland Row Mold, Flintshire. Head of the household was David Charles Edwards a 30 year old  Colliery Labourer who had been born in Ruthin, Denbighshire.   His wife Martha was 31. (This census said she had been born in Trevor.)  They had been married 4 years and 4 children had been born including the 2 children Martha had had with Moses. All the children had survived. Step-son David William was 10,  Step-daughter Elizabeth Ann was  7.   David Charles and Martha’s children were John-Gordon  3 and  Mary Gwendoline age 2.

UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919 accessible on www.ancestry.co.uk confirms the regimental information above  and tell us that he enlisted in Queensferry, but his residence was Mold.

British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920 about David W Hughes does not tell us where his first Theatre of War was nor when he entered it.

David is mentioned in the book “Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914 – 1919  Royal Welsh Fusiliers Volume 28”

We would appreciate any help with information about this soldier. He appears to have lived in Mold but is not on the memorial there. He is on the Hawarden memorial but so far it has not proved possible to establish a connection with Hawarden.    However I have found him on the Queensferry Chemical Works Roll of Honour, which is a framed list of the workers who were in the War, but some survived.  He could of course have moved to the Hawarden/Sandycroft area after the 1911 census.   Someone in this area put his name forward for him to be remembered.   Can anyone help?


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