Charles Henry Hughes was one of eleven children born to John and Mary Ann Hughes of Llwyn Y Mapsis farm, Morda, nr Oswestry.
He was educated at Oswestry Grammar School after which he took up an apprenticeship with the Cambrian Railway as an engineer.
At the outbreak of War and like one of his older brothers, George, he enlisted with the "Oswestry Pals" and initially joined the 6th Battalion Kings Shropshire Light Infantry.
Another older brother Frank also served in World War 1 winning the Distinguished Conduct Medal.
Military Record including Regimental and Battalion Information
Charles signed up as one of the Oswestry Pals at the outbreak of war and was enlisted into the 6th Battalion Kings Shropshire Light Infantry Charles left Oswestry on September 9th 1914.
He entered the theatre of war on the 24th of July 1915 as a Corporal aged just 18. He may well have known Private Alfred Griffiths who is also featured on this database as they were in the same Battalion and arrived in France on the same landings.
A war-raised Service Battalion, formed in Shrewsbury in September 1914, posted to the 60th Brigade of the 20th Division. The 6th fought at Loos in September 1915, around Ypres in 1916 (where it relieved the 1st Battalion) and then on the Somme, including the capture of Guillemont.
It also fought at Langemarck (3rd Ypres) in August 1917
Memorial and War Grave Information
Second Lieutenant Charles Henry Hughes
Welsh Regiment is buried in Morval Cemetery on the Somme in Pas de Calais, France.
"Until the Day Dawns and the Shadows Flee Away"
are words on Charles's grave.
Morval was captured by the 5th Division on 25 September 1916, and remained in the hands of the Allies until 24 March 1918 and the German advance. It was regained by the 38th (Welsh) Division, after fierce fighting, on 1 September 1918. The cemetery was made by V Corps in the same month.
Morval British Cemetery contains 54 Commonwealth burials of the First World War, one of which is unidentified. All died between 26 August and 6 September 1918.
The cemetery was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield.