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hughesEdward was born in Blakenhall, Wolverhampton in 1887, the son of Evan and Ellen Hughes. In 1891, they were at 61 Drayton Street, Wolverhampton, alongside Edward’s brothers Evan, Isaac and John, and sisters Jane Ellen, Hannah and Ethel. The family was at 45 Grove Street in 1901, with additional siblings Alice, Oliver and Eva.

In October 1907, Edward joined the army, so on the 1911 census he appears with the 2nd Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment. By the outbreak of war, he had transferred to the 1st Battalion, and disembarked on 4 October 1914. He was taken a prisoner of war, (although I have been unable to confirm this via the prisoner of war records) but died at Douai on 26 January 1915. He is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial in Belgium.

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