Owen Hughes, Westmoreland and Cumberland Yeomanry

Private, 39538, Westmoreland and Cumberland Hussars (Yeomanry), Household Cavalry and Cavalry of the Line (incl. Yeomanry and Imperial Camel Corps). Lost on RMS Leinster, aged 23, on 10 October 1918.

Enlisted at Wrexham.
Born at Holyhead, the son of Hugh and Ellen Hughes (nee Williams), of 7, Bonc Wanc, Holyhead, Anglesey. In 1911 he lived with his parents, elder sister, younger sister and nephew at 7 Bonc Wanc, Holyhead. In 1901 the family lived at 5 Back Bath Street, Holyhead. His father was employed as a Labourer/Coal Porter. His parents married in 1889 at Holyhead. 

It is believed that he was returning home on leave on board the ship. The North Wales Chronicle of 14 October 1918 reports that Private Hughes had died at a Dublin hospital and that his body was returned to Holyhead for burial. This is not substantiated by CWGC records.

No record has been found of any service medals being awarded

His body was not recovered. Commemorated on the Hollybrook Memorial, Southhampton.
Also remembered on a family grave at Holyhead (Maeshyfryd) Burial Board Cemetery. (Note: the Date of death on the family grave is recorded as 7 October 1918. This seems to be an error.)

Private Owen Hughes' Memorial Plaque is now part of the RMS Leinster exhibit at Holyhead Maritime Museum. With thanks to Andrew Thomas.