Hughes, Hubert Darrell

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Hubert Darrell Hughes

Second Lieutenant, 3rd (attached 8th) Royal Welsh Fusiliers
Killed in action, 14 January 1917, aged 19
No known grave (Basra Memorial)

CWGC registered (no family details)

Hubert Darrell Hughes, the son of the Rev Llywelyn Robert Hughes and his wife Maria Elizabeth Hughes (née Sweetapple) was born in 1897 and known as Darrell. His father was the incumbent at Portmadoc and the 1901 Census records the family living the town’s vicarage; Darrell (3) had two elder brothers: Rodri Henry (9) and Frederick Llewelyn (6). The following year, Llywelyn Hughes was appointed the Rector at Llandudno and the family lived at “The Rectory”, Church Walks. The Census for 1911 records Darrell Hughes (13) as a border at a preparatory school in Box, Wiltshire. He later attended Llandovery College and the Royal Military College at Sandhurst.

On 14 July 1915, Darrell Hughes was commissioned into the Regular Army, specifically the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, as a second lieutenant in the 3rd (Reserve) Battalion. Almost a year later, on 5 July 1916, he entered the Mesopotamian theatre of war attached to the 8th (Service) Battalion. He was killed in action during the Battle of Kut on 14 January 1917 aged 19. His body was never knowingly recovered.

During the Great War, Llywelyn Hughes had taken on additional duties as a chaplain to Conway Morpha Camp. Before the war in 1907, he had developed plans to enlarge Holy Trinity Church with an extended chancel and a “morning chapel”. Financial constraints put these plans on hold but new impetus after the Great War resulted in an appeal to raise funds to construct the chapel as the “Memorial Chapel”. No doubt the death of his youngest son was highly influential in fulfilling Llywelyn Hughes’s plans. The Memorial Chapel was completed in 1924; Llywelyn Hughes died the following year. The extended chancel was completed in 1930.

Known memorials:

  • Basra Memorial
  • Llandovery College Roll of Honour
  • Llandudno Roll of Honour
  • Llandudno War Memorial
  • Memorial Chapel, Holy Trinity Church, Llandudno
  • Bangor Cathedral
  • Roll of the sons and daughters of the Anglican Church clergy

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