David William Hughes


Jul 9, 1892

Born in Bishopsgate, London, England to John and Helana (nee Wiltshire) Hughes


Mar 21, 1914

Embarked the Empress of Ireland in Liverpool


Mar 28, 1914

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to London, Ontario


Apr 15, 1915

Married to Mabel Edith Clarke in London, Ontario


Oct 29, 1915

Attested into the 70th Battalion CEF in London, Ontario 

Ø      Number 124386

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs. Mabel E. Hughes, wife, 419 ½ Richmond St., London, Ontario

o       This was later changed to read 9 Alpine Ave., Toronto, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Driver (for the Parnell Bread Company in London)

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Methodist


Apr 24, 1916

Embarked the SS Lapland in Halifax, Nova Scotia


May 5, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and proceeded to Shorncliffe


Jul 6, 1916

Transferred to the 39th Reserve Battalion in West Sandling


Jan 4, 1917

Transferred to the newly formed 6th Reserve Battalion at West Sandling.  Shortly after the formation of the battalion it moved to Seaford


Apr 21, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Apr 22, 1917

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a group of 3,000 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


May 21, 1917

After leaving the base depot, he joined the 21st Battalion in the support trenches near Aux Rietz, France as part of a draft of 149 reinforcements from the base depot


Aug 6, 1917

While the battalion was in billets in Bully Grenay, France, they came under a heavy German artillery attack.  Private Hughes received a wound to his abdomen and was admitted to the No. 23 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) for treatment and placed on the dangerously ill list


Aug 11, 1917

Private Hughes died of his wounds while still at the No. 23 CCS and buried in the nearby Lapugnoy Military Cemetery, Lapugnoy, France

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his widow, Mrs. Mabel E. Hughes, at 9 Alpine Ave., Toronto, Ontario


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