Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Geoffrey Alexander Mitchell.
Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Holywell 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.
Edward Samuel Hughes was born in Holywell during 1894.
The 1911 Census states that the family lived at the Harp Inn, High Street, Holywell. The head of the family Thomas Hughes aged 60 was the Innkeeper. His wife Elizabeth Ann Hughes was 56 and their three children, Mary Catherine Hughes aged 32, Edward Samuel Hughes aged 17 who was employed as a Piecer (Picking up broken threads in weaving) and Aaron Hughes 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 remembered on the Greenfield War Memorial and the North Wales Heroes Memorial Arch, Deiniol Road, Bangor, North Wales.
There is a Flintshire Roll of Honour card for him at the County Archives Office, Hawarden.