Elias Hughes

Language: Welsh & English
Rank & Number: Private, 37438
Regiment: 7th South Lancs / Prince of Wales’s Volunteers
Cemetery / Memorial: Sailly-Au-Bois Millitary cemetery (Grave reference II.J.16.)
Other memorials: Glan Conwy


6th February 1917, age 28 (killed in action near Amiens)

His mother chose the epitaph “Peace perfect peace” for his headstone.

Life / Background:

Elias was the youngest of seven children of Benjamin and Margaret Hughes. Benjamin, his father, was a native of Glan Conwy, as was his Grandfather, John. On the night of Sunday, April 7th 1861, Benjamin was the 16 year old Mate for his father on the “Jane and Margaret”, lying in Beaumaris, with his brothers, Elias 13 and William 8, as crew.
In September 1871, Benjamin married Margaret Roberts. Their children were John, who became a saddler, William, a farm labourer, Benjamin, Thomas, a plumber, sisters Elisabeth and Jane Ann and finally Elias born in 1889. They lived in Rock cottage, where Margaret continued to live with Thomas and Elias after her husband died.

Excerpts taken from the following book:
Dr Bridget Osborne, We Will Remember Them… The Men of Eglwysbach and Llansanffraid who served in the Great War, 2016