Hughes, John Arthur Elias

The 1891 Census for Wales on shows that the Hughes family were living at 9 Aberdeen Road, Highbury, Islington, London.

The Head of the household was John E Hughes age 40, born 1849 in Bry Eglwys, Denbigh  a Welsh Calvanist Methodist Minister by trade.

His wife was called Jane, (nee Jones) 34 years of age born 1857 in St. Asaph and their children were Tudor G. age 6 born 1885 in Highbury, John Arthur age 4 born 1887 in St. Asaph, Eleanor l. age 2 born 1889 in Highbury and Enid age 10 months born in Highbury.

The 1901 Census for Wales on  now shows the Hughes family living at Glandwr, St Asaph, and the Head of the household is listed as Eleanor Jones (widow) age 84, living off own means.

John Elias Hughes is listed as son-in-law age 51, trade Calvanist Metodist Minister and his wife Jane is shown as daughter age 44. The children are shown as Tudor Yale age 16, Enid Annie, age 10 and Gwyneth E. age 7 born 1893. There is also a general domestic servant called Jane Jones age 40.

I found John Arthur Hughes on 1901 census on, he was boarding at Llanrhydd Grammar School in Ruthin age 13. 

Jane E Hughes, Arthur’s Mother died age 49 in 1906 in St. Asaph.

John Elias Hughes Arthur’s Father died on 17th April 1907 in St. Asaph age 60.

The 1911 census for Wales on  shows some of Arthur’s siblings living at Bodhaulog, St. Asaph.

The Head of the household was Lena Hughes age 22, single status, a Student. Enid Hughes age 20, single also a Student and Gwyneth age 17 still at school. There is also a servant called Ellen Jones age 20.

I cannot trace John Arthur Hughes in 1911 but according to the newspaper article from The Chronicle, he could well have been living in Conway or Denbigh  as he was worked for Messrs Porter and Amphlett of Conway, and was articled at Mr Foulks Roberts of Denbigh.

John Arthur Elias Hughes enlisted with a commission into the 4th Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers, Denbighshire Territorials.

Below is a copied extract from Officers of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers 1914-1919. The RWF Library at Bodelwyddan Castle.

4th (Denbighshire) Btn, Royal Welsh Fusiliers was a unit of the Territorial Force with their HQ in Wrexham, at the outbreak of war in 1914, they were part of the North Wales Infantry Brigade, Welsh Division. When war broke out in August 1914, they were mobilised and moved at once to Conway and then at the end of August they went to Northampton. They left the Brigade and proceeded to France on the 6th of November 1914 landing at Le Havre. On the 7th of December 1914 they joined 3rd Brigade, 1st Division. In 1915 they were in action during The Battle of Aubers and on the 1st of September 1915 they transferred to 47th (2nd London) Division as a Pioneer Battalion and saw action at The Battle of Loos and The subsequent Actions of the Hohenzollern Redoubt. In 1916 they fought during The German attack at Vimy Ridge, and on The Somme in The Battle of Flers-Courcelette capturing High Wood, The Battle of the Transloy Ridges in which the captured Eaucourt l’Abbaye and The attacks on the Butte de Warlencourt. In 1917 they were in action in The Battle of Messines, the Third Battles of Ypres and The Cambrai Operations where they captured Bourlon Wood and fought against the German counter attacks. In 1918 they were in action on The Somme and the Final Advance in Artois including making the official entry into Lille. At the Armistice the the forward units of the Division had reached Franses-lez-Buissenal. They marched back to Tournai and on the 26th of November moved on to the Bethune area where demobilisation began with the first parties returning to England in the first week of January 1919.

UK Soldiers who died in the Great War 1914-1919 on

This shows that John Arthur Elias Hughes died of wounds on 26th January 1915.

This Medal Card shows that John Arthur Elias Hughes disembarked in France on 6th November 1914, which entitled him to The 1914 Star, he was also awarded The British War Medal and The Victory Medal.

John Arthur Elias Hughes left his effects to his sister Annie Owens (nee Hughes)

and is buried in Bethune Town Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.

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