James Hughes


About James

  • Name
  • Initials
  • Surname
  • Date of Birth
    14 July 1888
  • Birth town
    Marylebone, Middlesex
  • Resided town
  • Commemorated
  • Nationality
  • Place of death
  • Date of death
  • Married
  • Occupation
    News Vendor

Service Information

  • Army

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  • Rank
  • Regiment
    Middlesex Regiment


Corporal Hughes passed through Peterborough East Station on 1 August 1916.  He was serving with A Company 26th Service Battalion, Middlesex Regiment and was stationed at Flixton Park, Bungay, Suffolk.

It has not been possible to positively identify this soldier as his service record has not survived.  However, from information found, he may be James Hughes who was born in Marylebone, Middlesex on 14 July 1888.  In 1901 James (13) was living at 14 Burne Street, Marylebone with his parents James (39), a builders labourer, Elizabeth (35) and four siblings.

On the 1911 Census Lance Corporal James Hughes (23), is listed as serving with the 3rd Battalion, Middlesex Regiment, in India.

Some incomplete and badly damaged service records concerning James’s army career prior to WW1 were located.  James attested on 26 November 1903, to the 7th Battalion, The Kings Royal Rifles.  At the time he was working as a news vendor. James transferred to the Middlesex Regiment on 16 September 1905.  James was 5’10” tall with blue eyes and dark brown hair.  On 31 January 1914, Private Hughes consented to transfer to the Army Reserves from the 3rd Middlesex before the expiration of his period of army service.  He was described as a hard working, willing, honest civil man of a cheerful disposition.  He went overseas on 11 August 1914, therefore being one of the first to serve in the field.  He was discharged on 4 July 1920 and gave his address as 78 Richmond Road, London, NW.  He was awarded the British War, Allied Victory Medals and 14 Star.

In 1939 James was a labourer, coal worker and living at 4 Orchardson House, Marylebone.  He did not marry.  We are unable to confirm his date of death.

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