Language: Welsh & English
Rank: Lance Cpl
Regiment & Number: 5th RWF 241092, 3194
Cemetery / Memorial: Jerusalem Memorial, Palestine (panels 20-22)
Other memorials: Glan Conwy Memorial pathway
26th March 1917, aged 22
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:
Robert was born in 1895 into the family of Robert and Mary Jane Hughes. Robert senior worked as a farm labourer but later as a carter and joiner. They had several children; Enoch, Alice (later Alice Roberts), Robert and David Edward. During this time they lived at Castle View.
Robert volunteered for service in March 1915 as a 19 year old, enlisting in Colwyn Bay. At that time he was a farm labourer and was just 5ft 6inches tall. His vision and physical development were described as “good” and he was initially posted to the 2/5 RWF.
On 15th July 1915 Robert embarked on H.M.T. Megantic (a ship of the White Star line) from Devonport, arriving in Alexandria 2 weeks later. He joined the Battalion in Ismailia. In January 1917 he was deprived of ten days pay for failing to report the loss of his rifle. On 26th March he was reported wounded and missing in action and his death was accepted on 8th April. His effects – photos, cards, a note book and Devotional books -were returned to his mother.