Private 17470 John Hughes

Died Home on Thursday, 25th November 1915, age unknown.
Buried in Whittington (St. Giles) Churchyard, Whittington, Nr Lichfield, Staffs, United Kingdom.

3rd Bn., South Staffordshire Regiment.

Born: Tipton, Enlisted: Wolverhampton, Resident: Unknown.

Never served abroad.
Medal entitlement: No medal entitlement.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.

Not commemorated on any Tipton memorial.
Commemorated here because identified as Tipton on 'Soldiers Died in the Great War'.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/396167/

Genealogical Data

Due to the number of possibilities, it has not been possible to identify John Hughes on the census records.

Personal Data

At the time of John’s death, he had been overpaid by the sum of £0/1/1d (1 shilling and 1 penny). No next of kin was recorded in the “Soldier’s Effects” register, and the entry shows that the balance was reported in List DXLI in the London Gazette.

The London Gazette of 27th March 1923 carried the “2nd re-publication of List DXLI (541) of the names of deceased Officers, Soldiers and Airmen whose Personal Estate is held for distribution among the Next-of-Kin or others entitled.” This included an entry for: Hughes J. Pte. S. Staff. Regt £5 0 0. It would seem that the £5 was the War Gratuity due to the estate of John Hughes, but still no Next-of-Kin was known. This was still the case when the list was again re-published in 1924.

The value of the War Gratuity suggests that John Hughes had enlisted in approximately August 1914.

Action resulting in his death

John has no Medal Index Card or Medal Roll entries so was not entitled to any medals; this means that he would not have served abroad.

At the time of his death, John Hughes was serving with the 3rd Battalion, South Staffs, a depot/training battalion. He died from illness or due to an accident, and is buried in St. Giles' churchyard at Whittington, Lichfield, near to the South Staffs depot at Whittington.

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