Language: Welsh & English
Regiments & Numbers: RE 71056, RGA 436 Attached to RGA 61st Brigade HQ
Cemetery / Memorial: Mikra, British Cemetery, Kalamaria, Greece(ref 905)
Other memorials: Glan Conwy
22nd November 1918, aged 29 — in Greece, due to pneumonia 11 days after the end of the war.
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
Life / Background:
Hugh’s parents were Edward and Margaret Evans of Islwyn, although Edward died before his son. Unfortunately I have been unable to locate Hugh or his parents on the census returns and he has no existing service record, other than a medal record card.
His medal record card shows that he was initially a soldier in the Royal Garrison Artillery. It also reveals that he was awarded not only the British and Victory medals, but also the Territorial Force War medal. Holding the Territorial Force War Medal, of which only 33,944 were issued, tells us that he had completed four or more years of service before 1914 and rejoined by 30th September 1914, having agreed to serve overseas. He must have been serving overseas on 11th November 1918 and not have otherwise qualified for a 1914 or 1914-15 Star. If he was a regular soldier, this would explain the difficulty in finding him on the census returns. We know that he was attached to the 61st Brigade Headquarters, and had not been demobilised, although the War had ended at the time of his death, which his burial records show was due to pneumonia (almost certainly secondary to Spanish ‘flu).