HUGHES, John William J W

Service:
Army
Rank:
Lieutenant; 2nd Lieutenant
Unit:
2nd Battalion Duke of Wellington's West Riding Regiment
Place Enlisted:
Unknown
Service Number:
Unknown
Home Address:
Unknown
Family Details:

Son of John (deceased) and Sarah Hughes, 45 Hurworth Terrace, Darlington.

Date of Birth:
Unknown
Place of Birth:
Darlington
Death:
Unknown
Place of Death
Unknown
Cause of Death:
Killed in action
Place of Burial:
Chocques Military Cemetery
Obituary:

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.'

 

Notes:

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'.

Teesdale Mercury-01/05/1918: Local and other notes: Sympathetic letters

Teesdale Mercury-24/04/1918: Roll of Honour Notice

 

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