Sale WW1 

Rhys Hughes

Rank:2nd Lieut
Ship/Rgn/Sqn No:20th Bn*
Name of Rgt or Ship:Lancashire Fusiliers
How Died:Died of Wounds
Country of burial:FranceGrave Photo:Yes
Cemetery or Memorial:Abbeville Communal Cemetery
Town Memorial:Sale
Extra Information:
Born during the December quarter 1892 in the Altrincham R.D. - ref: 8a/162,
the son of William & Helen Davenport Hughes (nee Shuttleworth).  In 1891
his parents were residing at "Alton Villa", Whalley Avenue, Sale, which is
likely to be where Rhys was born.

1901 Census - "Gerphysfa", Broad Road, Sale.   Son - aged: 9 - born: Sale. 
 Head of household - William Hughes - Married - aged: 43 - occ:
Photographic Chemist - born: Cwmllynfell, Glamorgan, Wales.   Also - Helen
D. Hughes - Wife - aged: 32 - born: Salford.   Plus 1 younger sister.

1911 Census - "Golphureysfa", Broad Road, Sale.   Son - aged: 18 - occ:
Salesman - born: Sale.   Head of household - William Hughes - Married -
aged: 53 - occ: Dealer in Photographic Materials - born: Ystradgynlais,
Brecon, Wales.   Also - Helen D. Hughes - Wife - aged: 43 - born:
Salford.Plus 1 younger sister and 1 domestic servant.

Educated at Monmouth Grammar School.   Employed by J.T. Chapman Ltd,
Photographic Chemists, Manchester.

Enlisted in September 1914, commissioned in July 1915 and drafted to the
front in January 1916 with the 4th Salford Pals Service Bn.

The 20th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers served in the 104th Brigade, 35th
Division at the Somme.   They were fortunate to miss the first day of the 
Battle of the Somme and arrived at Neuvillette, via Boquemaison on the 3rd
July 1916, arriving at Bus-les-Artois on the 7th.   To Lealvillers on the
9th, then to reserve positions at Aveluy Wood on the 10th.   To Morlancourt
on the 13th, Happy Vally on the 14th, Dublin Trench, Montauban on the 18th,
Talus Boise on the 19th, back to Dublin Trench on the 20th, then to
Bernafay Wood on the 21st, Minden Post on the 30th and back to Happy Valley
on the 31st July.   Rhys died of his wounds that could have been sustained
days before his death on the 1st August.  The Battalion lost 55 men during
the period 23rd, 24th and 25th July 1916.    Nos 2 & 5 Stationary Hospitals
were based at Abbeville.

Death reported in the 04/08/1916 edition of thre Altrincham Guardian.  His
father, was the Chairman of Sale D.C. and Chairman of the Baths's
Committee.    The Sale D.C. sent a letter of sympathy to him on learning of
his son's death.

The 22/09/1916 edition of the local newspaper reports that the Board of
management of the Sale Hospital had received a cheque from Mr. William
Hughes to endow a bed inperpetuity in memory of their son, 2nd Lt. Rhys
Hughes.   William Hughes was the representative for the East Ward of Sale

Listed in the Guardian Year Book - Roll of Honour for 1917.

M.I. - "Of Gorphwysfa, Sale, Cheshire".

Probate - London 17th Nov 1916 - father    1,513.13.11d

His father was a member of the Manchester Reform Club.

Memorials found on:
Aston on Mersey United Reformed
Manchester Reform Club
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