Hughes, James (No. 5932)

Hughes, James

Rifleman

No. 5932, 7th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

Killed in action on Saturday 9 September 1916 (aged 34)

No known grave

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Thiepval Memorial, France (Pier and Face 15 A and 15 B)

Presbyterian Church in Ireland (PCI) Roll of Honour 1914 – 1919 for

McQuiston Memorial Presbyterian Church Belfast

Journey of Remembering Belfast Book of Honour

BIOGRAPHY

In the Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914 – 1919 database it is recorded that Rifleman James Hughes (No. 5932) was born in Comber and enlisted in Belfast.

Rifleman James Hughes (No. 5932) served with the 7th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles in 48th Brigade of the 16th (Irish) Division and was killed in action on 9 September 1916 at Ginchy.

Lance Corporal Robert Russell Irvine who was born in Newtownards was killed in the same action.

Rifleman James Hughes (No. 5932) is commemorated in the Journey of Remembering Belfast Book of Honour (Page 278) where his address is recorded as 52 Douglas Street, Belfast.

Private James Hughes, 7th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles is commemorated in the Presbyterian Church in Ireland (PCI) Roll of Honour 1914 – 1919 for McQuiston Memorial Presbyterian Church Belfast where his address is recorded as 52 Douglas Street, Belfast.

The Hughes family associated with McQuiston Memorial Presbyterian Church lived in Belfast at 2 Bangor Street (1901); 1 Douglas Street (1911) and 52 Douglas Street (1918).  The head of the family was John Hughes.

Listed in the PCI Roll of Honour 1914 – 1919 for McQuiston Memorial Presbyterian Church Belfast as having served with the 1st Battalion Royal Irish Rifles during the Great War and survived is Private R. Hughes of 52 Douglas Street, Belfast.

Rifleman Robert Hughes (No. 6952) who served with the 1st Battalion Royal Irish Rifles was killed in action on 1 July 1916 and in the Commonwealth War Graves Commission debt of honour website it is recorded that he has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

In the Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects, it is recorded that the sole legatee of Rifleman Robert Hughes (No. 6952) was his mother Rachel.  He made his will on 20 November 1915 and in it he stated his mother’s address to be 52 Douglas Street, Belfast.

Robert Hughes was born on 30 December 1897 at 25 Bangor Street, Belfast and he was a son of John and Rachel Hughes (nee Beck) who were married on 30 December 1891 in Willowfield Parish Church of Ireland Church.  At the time of their wedding, John Hughes was living at Ballymaconaghy, Knockbreda and he was a widower and a labourer; he was a son of John Hughes, a stone mason.  Rachel Beck was living at 11 Bangor Street, Ballymacarrett and she was a spinster; she was a daughter of James Beck, a labourer.

John and Rachel Hughes (nee Beck) had seven children, three of whom died in infancy; their four surviving children were:

John (born 1 February 1894 at 8 Bangor Street, Belfast)

Thomas Henry (Tom born 25 July 1895 at 7 Roslyn Street, Belfast)

Robert (born 30 December 1897 at 25 Bangor Street, Belfast)

Edith (born 21 November 1899 at 11 Bangor Street, Belfast)

Rifleman Robert Hughes (No. 6952) was 18 when he was killed in action on 1 July 1916.

Robert’s father, John Hughes, had previously been married:

John Hughes (aged 20) and Agnes Dugan (aged 18) were married on 29 October 1881 in St Anne’s Church of Ireland Church Belfast.  At the time of their wedding, John Hughes was living at 9 Charlotte Street, Belfast and he was a bachelor and a labourer; he was a son of John Hughes, a labourer.  Agnes Dugan was living at 9 Charlotte Street, Belfast and she was a spinster and a spinner; she was a daughter of James Dugan, a labourer.

John and Agnes Hughes (nee Dugan, sometimes Dougan) had five children:

James (born 1 August 1882 at Mount Alexander, Comber)

Frances Elizabeth (born 10 November 1883 at 55 Lake Street, Belfast)

Andrew (born 22 August 1885 at 1 Rainey Street, Belfast)

Mary (born 1 July 1887 at 38 Humber Street, Belfast)

Sarah Dougan (born 4 July 1889 at 14 Outram Street, Belfast)

Their mother, Agnes Hughes, died of pulmonary phthisis at Mount Alexander on 29 December 1890 (aged 26) and her husband John was with her when she died.

Rifleman James Hughes (No. 5932) was 34 when he was killed in action on 9 September 1916.

Rifleman James Hughes is commemorated in the PCI Roll of Honour for McQuiston Memorial Presbyterian Church Belfast and in the Belfast Book of Honour (Page 278).