HUGHES, John William J W
Lieutenant; 2nd Lieutenant
2nd Battalion Duke of Wellington's West Riding Regiment
Son of John (deceased) and Sarah Hughes, 45 Hurworth Terrace, Darlington.
Killed in action
Chocques Military Cemetery
In a letters to John's mother, his fellow officers describe how 'he died leading his men into battle like the very gallant Englishman that he always was. He was his by a bullet and died instantly and absolutely with pain.'
Before enlisting John was an apprentice tailor in Barnard Castle.
He was awarded the Military Cross for his bravery. When German troops invaded their front line John gathered a few men and drove them away with bombs, despite being outnumbered five to one.
He is described as being 'full of life' and 'never downhearted even under the worst conditions'.