Hughes, Peter

Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Eifion & Viv Williams

Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Rhes y Cae Memorial

Name / Enw: Hughes, Peter

Regiment/Catrawd: 1st bn Welsh Guards

Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Pte 3453

Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Cambrai Memorial Louverval

Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: Panel 3.

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

Medals Awarded / Medalau a ddyfarnwyd: Victory and British War Medals

Date of Death: 1st December 1917

Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:

Killed in Action 1st December 1917 aged 20 yrs

Peter was a very young soldier. He was born in 1897 in Rhes y Cae. His parents were Peter a lead miner and Mary both born and bred in Rhes y Cae. The 1911 census tells us that the family lived in Rhes y Cae with 6 children . Dorothy was 18 and worked as a winder at a silk works. The next four were all at school- Peter 13, Mary Eliz 11, Emily 7 and William 4. The youngest was Alfred aged 1.
This form tells us that Mary, the mother had given birth to 7 children of whom 6 were still alive.

UK Soldiers who Died in the Great War 1914-19 accessible on www.ancestry.co.uk confirms all the regimental details at the top of this page. This source also tells us that he was born in Rhosesmor, enlisted in Flint and that he was killed in action in France/Flanders. His medal card also on Ancestry, lists his two medals.

The Register of Soldiers’ Effects in which the army calculated what monies were owed to deceased soldiers, includes an entry for Peter Hughes. It says he died in action in France and that the sum of £10 ..6sh ..3d was owed and paid to his sole Legatee, his father, Peter.