John (Jack) William George HUGHES
Lance Corporal 2006 1st/7th Btn Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Killed in action 18 Jun 1915, buried Rifle House Cemetery, Ploegsteert
John was born in 1891, his birth being recorded in Rugby RD in the September quarter. His parents were John and Betsy Maria nee Wills who were married September Qr 1890 in St Albans RD.
His baptism has not been found in the Rugby area, but brother Harry was baptised at Bilton in 1893, sister Edith Matilda at St Andrew Rugby in 1895, and brother Charles also at Rugby St Andrew in 1905 (parish registers).
In the 1911 census the family was at 13 Paradise Street, Rugby, which runs alongside the Clifton Road Cemetery; the three boys were with their parents, but not daughter Edith. George and Betsy had been married 21 years, and had four children all living. George was a grocer’s vanman, born in Buckinghamshire, John was an engine cleaner. All except George were born in Warwickshire, no place named. No railway service records have been found for John.
In the 1901 census, also at 13 Paradise Street, George was a coal merchant’s drayman born at Hardwick Bucks. He had a boarder, another coal merchant’s drayman, who was probably working with George for a local coal merchant. Betsy was born in Dunchcurch, the three children (Charles was not yet born) all in Rugby. Betsey Maria Wills was baptised at Dunchurch 27 Oct 1872, daughter of John, labourer, and Eliza (parish register).
John and Betsy were living in Weedon near Aylesbury in 1891, aged 24 & 21, George an agricultural labourer.
John was sent to France with his regiment on 22 March 1915, and was killed in action on 18 June 1915. He is buried in Rifle House Cemetery at Ploegsteert, twelve miles south of Ypres, together with 8 other members of the regiment who were killed 18-25 June 1915.
RUGBY REMEMBERS HIM