Robert John Hughes was born in Bagillt, Flintshire during 1897.The 1901 Census tells us that the head of the family was Thomas Hughes aged 41, who was employed as a Baker. His wife Mary Hughes aged 38 and their 7 (seven) children – Edward Hughes aged 16, Annie Hughes aged 14, Joseph Hughes aged 10, Jane Hughes aged 8, Thomas Hughes aged 6, Robert John Hughes aged 3 and James Hughes aged 1.
The 1911 Census states that the family live at 13 Hope Cottages, Gadlys Lane, Bagillt, Flintshire. The head of the family Thomas is now employed as a Platelayer in the local Iron Works. There is no mention of Robert John Hughes on this census record, but there is one additional member of the family, namely, Albert Hughes aged 8 years.
Robert enlisted as a Private with the Royal Welsh Fusiliers in 1917 at The Barracks, Wrexham.
On 12 February 1918 a payment of £1.11s.1p was made by the War Office to Robert’s father Thomas, this being monies owed to his son Robert. On 22 December 1919, a further payment which is recorded as a War Gratuity of £5.10s.0d was also made to him.
Photograph taken on 26 July 2014 by Geoffrey Mitchell of Panel 120 at Tyne Cot Memorial showing name of Robert John Hughes
He is also remembered on The North Wales Heroes Memorial Arch, Deiniol Road, Bangor, North Wales.
There is no Flintshire Roll of Honour Card for him at the County Archives Office, Hawarden. Details of his medals were obtained from Ancestry.co.uk