No. 4163, Private, 1st (King's) Dragoon Guards
Died of his Wounds on Sunday, 10th November 1901
Born in Q2-1879 [Newmarket 3b:522] in Newmarket to Charles Harold and Louisa HUGHES (née WILDERSPIN)
1881 census...Aged 2, he was at 12 Exning Road, Newmarket with his father Harold Charles HUGHES  stableman born Chester; his mother Louisa  born Bottisham.
1891 census...Aged 12, he was at 7 Eleanor Terrace, Burwell Road, Exning with his parents, sister Kate ,; brothers Albert Hubert , Sidney James (partially blind from birth)and William Gerald . All the children were born in Newmarket.
He married Evelina Florence JONES in Farnham in Q4-1900
He enlisted on 7th March 1898 and he died of his wounds received on 9th November, on 10th,at Orebyfontein in South Africa.(in Memoriam by S.Wall)
From a report on the Times January 24th 1902 |
Whilst skirmishing Pte 4163 HH Hughes 1st King Dragoon Guards was fatally wounded by a six year old Boer boy who approached and shot him in the abdomen with a concealed pistol. Cpt EA Williams was killed and Lt HH Harris wounded in the skirmish. A report to the War Office was made by Sgt C Probertts of Pte Hughes' troop and his comrade Pte MF Elmer.
His entitlement to the Queens South Africa medal has not yet been found but it is believed he had 3 clasps.
commemorated in All Saint's Church, Newmarket