Born: 7 January 1892 in Whitchurch, Shropshire.
Family: He was the youngest, with his twin brother John, of eight children born to George Hughes, a shoemaker, and his wife Elizabeth. He married Lily Maria Edith Rundle on 24 May 1919 at Lambeth Registry Office, London. It is possible that the couple had a son, James R, born in 1920 in Hartley Whitney, Hampshire.
Residence: He lived in 1901 with his parents and siblings at 43 Claypit Street, Whitchurch, and this is the address shown on the 1919 Absent Voters’ Register for him. At some point prior to September 1915 he travelled to Australia, enlisting with the Australian Imperial Force. At the time of his marriage his address was 67 Horsford Road, Brixton Hill, London, but we know that his discharge was in Australia in 1920. Two addresses are given in the military records for his time in Australia: 29 Northumberland Road, Auburn, New South Wales and Kenley, Penrose, Southern Line, New South Wales.
Employment: After leaving Whitchurch Grammar School in 1909 he became a student teacher at the Whitchurch Wesleyan Elementary School. He showed his occupation as grocer in 1915. The Australian electoral rolls show his occupation as orchardist.
Died: Not known
Regiment: Australian Imperial Force
Service Number: 4382
Date of Enlistment: 13 September 1915
Date of Discharge: 22 May 1920
Reason for Discharge: Not known