HUGHES, Robert

Service Number: 5553
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Sapper
Last Unit: Tunnelling Companies
Born: Not yet discovered
Home Town: Hamilton, Newcastle, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Died of wounds, Belgium, 28 May 1917, age not yet discovered
Cemetery: Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery
Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Lijssenthoek, Flanders, Belgium
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Hamilton St. Peter's Church Honor Roll, Hamilton Superior Public School Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

25 Oct 1916: Involvement Sapper, SN 5553, Tunnelling Companies
25 Oct 1916: Embarked Sapper, SN 5553, Tunnelling Companies, HMAT Ulysses, Melbourne
28 May 1917: Involvement Sapper, SN 5553

Sapper Robert Hughes

From Gary Mitchell: Memorialised at Sandgate Cemetery.

102 years ago today, on the 28th May 1917, Sapper Robert Hughes, 1st Australian Tunnelling Company, a bread carter from Great Northern Bakery, (Hamilton, N.S.W.), of 154 Lindsay Street, Hamilton, New South Wales, father of one, died of wounds received at Hill 60 in France, age 23.

Born at Merewether, New South Wales on the 11th September 1893 to Joseph (died 1951) and Mary (died 1925) Hughes of William Street, Hamilton, N.S.W.; husband of Rachel Hughes nee Thompson (married 1914, died?) of 40 Railway Street, Cooks Hill, N.S.W., Bob enlisted April 1916 at Hamilton, N.S.W.

Wounded in action - 27.5.1917, GSW both thighs, severe, Mr Hughes succumbed to his wounds at 4.45 P.M. the following day.

Mr Hughes is now resting at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium. Plot XII Row B Grave 31A.

His name has been inscribed on the Hamilton Municipal District Roll of Honor, Hamilton Superior Public School Roll of Honor, Hamilton (Gregson Park) War Memorial (photos, unveiled on the 20th May 1922), St. Peter's Church Memorial Trees, Merewether Oddfellows' (Star of the Glebe Lodge) Roll of Honour, Book of Gold and The Capt. Clarence Smith Jeffries (V.C.) and Pte. William Matthew Currey (V.C.) Memorial Wall. Name not inscribed on the Wickham Superior Public School Roll of Honour.

Robert has been memorialised at his Grandparents gravesite at Sandgate Cemetery. BAPTIST G SW. 31.…/war-…/index.php…

Older brother Joseph Edward (Reg No-2319, born 1890, died 1917) awaiting memorialised at his parents gravesite at the cemetery.

Photos of the Hamilton (Gregson Park) War Memorial taken by Ken Shilling, available from “Remembrance” CD, at the Newcastle Family History Society.

Lest We Forget.

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