William David Hughes was born in Rhyl, Flintshire during 1880.
The 1891 Census shows that the family lived at 5 Brighton Road, Rhyl, Flintshire. The head of the family was William Hughes aged 44, who was a Printer and Compositor. His wife Mary Jane Hughes aged 39 and their four children – Mary Eliza Hughes aged 16, a Dressmaker, Frances Annie Hughes aged 14, William David Hughes aged 11 and Esther Beattie Hughes aged 7 years.
Little is known of his early life, but at the outbreak of the First World War he enlisted at Clapham Junction, London with 1st/23rd Battalion, London Regiment.
On 10 September 1915, a payment of £5. 8s. 1d. was made by the War Office to Mrs Mary Jane Hughes, being monies owed to her son William. On 15 July 1919, a further payment which is recorded as a War Gratuity of £3. 0s. 0d. was also made to her.
William David Hughes is also remembered on the Remembrance Plaque at The Royal Alexandra Hospital, Marine Drive, Rhyl, Flintshire and on 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, Flintshire, which is dated 9 September 1919 and signed Thomas J Hughes.