Bromley War Memorial

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William Hughes

18/12/1879 - 14/09/1918
William  Hughes
Source: Dulwich College
CWGC Cemetery: Shirley (St John) Churchyard
Other Memorials: St Mary's Church, Shortlands, Shortlands War Memorial, Bromley Cricket & Bromley Hockey Club, Dulwich College

Place of birth: Leatherhead, Surrey
Last known address in Bromley: 8 Park Hill Road

Military information

Regiment/Service: Bedfordshire Regiment
Battalion/Ship: 2nd Bn
Rank: Second Lieutenant
Number: Unknown
Awards: Military Cross

Family information

Parents: Henry & Frances Hughes (nee Harrison)
Parents' occupation: Solicitor
Siblings: Elizabeth Lucy, Frances Eva, John Henry, Harold Charles
Relatives on War Memorial: HUGHES, J.H.

Census information

Address: 79 Tweedy Road
Address: 8 Park Hill Road
Occupation: Solicitor's articled clerk
Address: 8 Park Hill Road
Occupation: Solicitor

Extra details

William was the eldest of Henry & Frances Hughes' 5 children. He was baptised on 27th April 1880 at St Mary & St Nicholas, Leatherhead, Surrey.

He was educated at Bromley Park Preparatory School prior to attending Dulwich College from 1894 to December 1895. After leaving School he passed with honours the qualifying examination of the Incorporated Law Society. In 1902 he was employed by Hogan & Hughes (probably his father's firm).

William was a keen sportsman. He was Hon. Secretary of the Bromley Hockey Club, and captain of the second eleven, and belonged to both the Beckenham and Bromley Cricket Clubs. In both he held the tennis championship cup – in Bromley for several successive years.

He enlisted in the Artists Rifles (28th Battalion London Regiment) in November, 1915, and went to France early in 1916. He received a temporary Commission in the Bedfordshire Regiment in August, 1917, and in October the same year, near Lens, was awarded the M.C.
"For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during an intense hostile bombardment. Whole stretches of trench had been levelled, and although all his platoon, except four men, were at one time either wounded or buried, he kept the Lewis gun manned. Hearing that there was a gap on his left, he personally got in touch with the next post and covered the gap."
Later in the same year he was engaged in the battle of Cambrai.

In the spring of 1918 he was in the retreat of the Fifth Army across the Somme and was engaged continuously in rear-guard actions for four days and nights. Sub¬sequently he was engaged in the defence of Amiens and received wounds near Ovillers on 3rd July, 1918, which necessitated amputation of his right arm and led to a protracted illness from which he died, on I4th September, 1918, at Lady Ridley's hospital in Carlton House Terrace (now The British Academy).

William was interred at Shirley Churchyard following a service at St Mary's, Shortlands.

William's brother John also died.

Thank you to Dulwich College for their assistance.

Additional photographs

Source: St Mary
Source: St Mary's Shortlands Book of Remembrance

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