Thomas Victor Hughes Image

Name

Private Thomas Victor Hughes

Born

1893-07-14

From

Occupation

Railway Mail Clerk

Religion

Presbyterian

Death

1916-10-23

Where Died

France

Killed

Died while in service.

Cemetery

Monument




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Service Record 1


Conflict

Battalion

Enlisted



Service Record 2


Regimental Number

127147

Highest Rank

Private

Conflict

Battalion

Enlisted

Enlistment Date

1915-10-01



Notes

Son of Mr. and Mrs. John Hughes, of Tiverton, ON. Tom enlisted out of London, Ontario with the 71st Battalion, as he was working as a mail clerk there. His brother George wanted to serve with Tom, so he also enlisted with the 71st. They travelled overseas before Bruce County's 160th Battalion. The day they left the Tiverton Platoon of the 160th marched out to the Hughes farmhouse on Bruce Township's 2nd Concession, one half coming by the boundary and the other half by Sinclair's Corners, meeting at the farm gate and plunging through snow. They formed a position at the gate and marched into the house to give George and Tom a send-off. Both brothers served in the Trench Mortars. When one was in the trench, the other was in the Reserve. Killed during the Battle of the Somme. Tom was taking supplies to the soldiers on duty when a shell burst close to his feet. He was wearing his helmet, but his head was badly injured. He passed away a few days afterwards.




Sources & Links

a) McLeod, Norman. “The History of the County of Bruce 1907-1968”, vol 2, Bruce County Historical Society, 1969. Print.
b) Shewfelt, Mary Ann. "Ginn and Toe".
- Library & Archives Canada
- War Graves Commission
- Book of Rememberance
- Canadian Virtual War Memorial

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