The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Second Lieutenant J H Hughes


Photograph by "Philippe DEGROOTE"

Second Lieutenant John Henry HUGHES,  8th Battalion,  Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment,  killed in action, 3rd July 1916.

Son of Henry Hughes Esq.

30th May 1916, posted BEF.

20th December 1916, Probate - Hughes John Henry, of Glengowan, Shortlands, Kent and of The Broadway, Ilford, Essex. 2nd Lieutenant West Kent Regiment died 3rd July 1916 in France on Active Service. Probate London 20th December to Henry Hughes Solicitor. Effects £2884 5s 10d.

Buried at Ovillers Military Cemetery,  IX. B. 1., France. Commemorated on Bromley War Memorial.

London Gazette 7th February 1918.

War Office, 7th February 1918. Regular Forces.

The under mentioned temporary 2nd Lieutenants (attached), unless otherwise stated, are transferred to Service Battalions, with effect from date shown:

Royal West Kent Regiment. - 31st October 1917. - J. H. Hughes.


2nd Lieutenant John Henry HUGHES - 9th Service Battalion Royal West Kent Regiment.

Born 6th February, 1886. He was the younger brother of William Hughes, M.C. (8th Bedfordshire Regiment), and after leaving Dulwich entered upon his profession as a Surveyor, taking the Diploma Examination of the Surveyors Institute in 1907.

When war broke out he had been for some years in practice on his own account. While at School he was in the Corps and joined the London Rifle Brigade on leaving, but resigned in 1910. When war broke out he wished to rejoin his old regiment, but by the time he had completed his business arrangements the battalion was full, and he enlisted in the Public Schools Battalion (Royal Fusiliers) in September, 1914, from which he was granted a commission in the 9th Battalion Royal West Kent Regiment.

For a time he was attached to the 7th Battalion Middlesex Regiment as an instructor, but in May, 1916, he went out to the front and was attached to the 6th Battalion of his own regiment.

On 3rd July, 1916, he led his platoon in the attack on Ovillers in the first battle of the Somme and was killed in action, being buried at Ovillers British Cemetery, Ovillers-la-Boiselle.

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