Arthur Hughes

Arthur Hughes

Personal Details

Born in Rhosllanerchrugog, Denbighshire in 1898, the second son of Thomas and Jane Hughes of 39 Claypit Street, Whitchurch.

Military Details

Regiment : 7th (Service) Battalion King’s Royal Rifle Corps
Rank : Rifleman
Service Number : C/1623

Killed in Action; France 21st March 1918 Age 20

Medals and Awards
Arthur was awarded the Campaign Medals (British War Medal and Allied Victory Medal)

Campaign Medals

Great War History Hub Whitchurch Shropshire Medals Front Image

The British War Medal (also known as 'Squeak') was a silver or bronze medal awarded to officers and men of the British and Imperial Forces who either entered a theatre of war or entered service overseas between 5th August 1914 and 11th November 1918 inclusive. This was later extended to services in Russia, Siberia and some other areas in 1919 and 1920. Approximately 6.5 million British War Medals were issued. Approximately 6.4 million of these were the silver versions of this medal. Around 110,000 of a bronze version were issued mainly to Chinese, Maltese and Indian Labour Corps. The front (obv or obverse) of the medal depicts the head of George V. The recipient's service number, rank, name and unit was impressed on the rim.

The Allied Victory Medal (also known as 'Wilfred') was issued by each of the allies. It was decided that each of the allies should each issue their own bronze victory medal with a similar design, similar equivalent wording and identical ribbon. The British medal was designed by W. McMillan. The front depicts a winged classical figure representing victory. Approximately 5.7 million victory medals were issued. Interestingly, eligibility for this medal was more restrictive and not everyone who received the British War Medal ('Squeak') also received the Victory Medal ('Wilfred'). However, in general, all recipients of 'Wilfred' also received 'Squeak' and all recipients of The 1914 Star or The 1914/1915 Star (also known as 'Pip') also received both 'Squeak' and 'Wilfred'. The recipient's service number, rank, name and unit was impressed on the rim.

Further Information

Whitchurch Herald 17th May 1918

Report in the Whitchurch Herald 17th May 1918 relating to Arthur Hughes

"Mr & Mrs Hughes, of 39 Claypit Street youngest son Rifleman Arthur Hughes of the Kings Royal Rifle Corps is still missing after a big battle on March 21st 1918. Eldest son, Llewellyn, in hospital recovering from an operation, he is serving with the Manchester Regiment."

Whitchurch Herald 17th May 1918

Whitchurch Herald 16th August 1919

Report in the Whitchurch Herald 16th August 1919 relating to Arthur Hughes

"Official news has been received by Mr and Mrs Hughes that their son Arthur, of the King's Royal Rifles, reported missing since March 21st 1918, now reported killed in action, 21st March 1918. A letter of sympathy was received from the King"

Whitchurch Herald 16th August 1919

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Information provided by Terry Evanson Whitchurch, Shropshire and Whitchurch Museum and Archives

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