Monday 22 October 2012

Private Wesley Hughes

Born on 3 April 1885 in Somerville [?], Ontario - son of Elizabeth Hughes, Burnt[?] River, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address in Burnt[?] River, Ontario, trade as farmer, single, no current military service, previously served with the 45th Regiment (two years), Church of England, height of 5 feet 11 inches, chest of 39 inches fully expanded, dark complexion, blue eyes, dark turning grey hair.

Joined the 109th Battalion, CEF, in Lindsay, Ontario, on 6 March 1916 (number 724057) - taken on the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 4 or 6 December 1916 - killed in action on 27 June 1917 - buried in La Chaudière Military Cemetery (grave IV.F.20), France.

(Updated with an image of Pte Hughes' headstone in La Chaudière Cemetery that I took in August 2012).

(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; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register,

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