Saturday, 17 March 2012

Private Christopher Robert Hughes

Born on 9 April 1892 in Liverpool, England - son of Mrs. Ellen Hughes, Liverpool, England - brother of Charles James Hughes, Montreal, Quebec - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as cook, single, no current or previous military service, Church of England, height of 5 feet 3 inches, chest of 35 inches fully expanded, ruddy complexion, hazel eyes, light brown hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 18 January 1915 (number 410311) - served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - wounded on 13 September 1916 - invalided to England on 18 October 1916 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 22 April 1917 - struck off the strength of the 38th Battalion on 16 June 1919.

Died on 5 March 1957, aged 70 (note discrepancy) - buried in Beechwood Cemetery, Ottawa, Ontario.

(Updated with a photo of Pte Hughes' headstone in Beechwood Cemetery).

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (, online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force)

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