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Able Seaman Francis Hughes

Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve `Hawke Battalion` Royal Naval Division
Service No: Clyde Z / 6893

Francis Hughes grave

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Family Information

Son of James and Mary Ann McLean Hughes. Francis had 4 brothers also serving. His younger brother Able Seaman Michael Hughes of the Howe Battalion RNVR was Killed in Action on the 23/04/1917, a day after he died (see index). They both fell at the start of the Battle of Arras and are both listed on the Arras Memorial. Francis` other brothers serving were Sergeant John Hughes of the Highland Light Infantry, Sapper William Hughes of the Royal Engineers and Private Andrew Hughes of the Cyclist Corps. At the time of Francis and Michaels deaths Andrew and 1 other brother lay wounded in Malta.

Born / Resided

Coatbridge / 62 Buchanan St, Coatbridge

Died

Died of Wounds 22/04/1917 at Arras

Enlisted

Coatbridge 25/10/1915

Employed

Dundyvan Iron Works

Age

29 / 21/01/1888

Buried / Remembered

Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France

Cemetery / Memorial Information

The MEMORIAL commemorates nearly 35,000 soldiers of the British, South African and New Zealand forces with no known grave. Most of those commemorated were killed in the Battle of Arras, fought between 9 April and 16 May 1917.

Additional Information

Francis Died of Wounds at the 3rd (RN) Field Ambulance. Francis originally enlisted in the Royal Scots Fusiliers in February 1915 but was discharged after 2 weeks. In October he and his brother Michael enlisted in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve but were posted to the Infantry Division made up of excess Naval recruits. In 1916 he suffered loss of pay and detention on numerous occasions for being absent from parade and other unspecified offences. In November 1916 he suffered Field Punishment No 1 (14 days) for being drunk and leaving his billet without permission. In Field Punishment No 1 the offender was restrained and tied to a fixed object for a maximum of 2 hours a day. This was abolished in 1923. Francis was originally buried beside the Bailleul to Arras road by the Reverend Moore. All 5 brothers are listed on the St Augustines and St Patricks Churches Rolls of Honour. See photos for Francis` name on the Arras Memorial

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