The census of 1891 records an EC Hughes living with his family in Maes y Dre, Mold. Head of the household was Edward Hughes, a Coalminer aged 44 who had been born in Mold. His wife was Anne who was 45. She had been born in Halkyn in Flintshire. There are three ‘Sons in Law’ listed. This term was often used instead of the word ‘stepson’. They were MA Griffiths 19, a Tin Plate Worker, David Griffiths 17, a Coalminer and M H Griffiths 15 a Bottling Storer. (It would seem that Anne Hughes had once been married to a Mr Griffiths). E C Hughes was 3 years old and listed as a ‘Son’. (This is possibly the EC Hughes we are looking for but I am not 100% sure).
Edward Charles Hughes married Tryphena Richards in 1909. (District Holywell, Flintshire, Volume 11b, page 384)
The census of 1911 records Edward C Hughes aged 22 who had been born in Mold living with his family in Harrison Street, Pendarren, Merthyr Tydfil. He was working as an, Assistant Repairer in a colliery. His wife of two years was Tryphena Hughes. She was 22 and had given birth to two children. Their listed children were Mildred aged 4 and David Charles who was 1 month old. They had a boarder who was also a repairer at the colliery.
On 17th September 1913, there was a baptism registered in St Mark Church, Gorton (Manchester) Lancs. The child’s name was Tryphena. Her parents were Edward Charles Hughes, a machinist and his wife Tryphena Hughes. Their address was 42 Malpers street.
UK Soldiers who Died in The Great war 1914-19, accessible on www.ancestry.co.uk includes an entry for EC Hughes. The regimental details are as above. It tells us he was born in Mold and enlisted in Manchester. This source tells us he died of his wounds. His medal index card also on Ancestry, lists his medals and says that his First Theatre of war was in France and he entered it on the 28th November 1915.
The Register of Soldier’s effects in which the army calculated what moneys were owed to deceased soldiers includes an entry for Edward Charles Hughes. It confirms that he died of wounds and says that his widow Tryphena (who had four children by then) received £32 .. 4sh ..7d in two separate payments.
He is buried in Lijssenthoek military cemetery which was the site of a Casualty Clearing station near Ypres.