Owen Richard Hughes, Cook

Owen Richard Hughes, Cook, Mercantile Marine, RMS Leinster. Died of wounds, aged 29, on 17 October 1918 as a result of enemy action in the Irish Sea on 10 October 1918.

He was the son of Owen Thomas and Margaret Hughes of 9 Boston Street, Holyhead. He had served with the CoDSPCo. for eight years. In 1911 the family lived at 9 Boston Street, Holyhead and comprised Owen Thomas Hughes (55), a Tailor, from Holyhead, Margaret Hughes (49) born at Gwalchmai, Hugh Edward Hughes (25), a Carriage Shunter for the LNWR, Grace Hughes (22), Edward Hughes (19), a Crew's Cook for the CoDSPCo.,Margaret C Hughes (15) and Elizabeth Hughes (12).He was rescued from the ship but had been severely scalded. He died on 17 October 1918 at the King George V Hospital, Dublin (now St. Bricins Hospital). He was returned to Holyhead and buried on 21 October 1918.

He was an Officer's Steward and survivor of HMT Connaught when it was torpedoed and sunk in March 1917.

He was awarded the Mercantile Marine Medal and the British War Medal.

He is buried at Maeshyfryd Cemetery, Holyhead, grave location 2.1570. Also commemorated on a memorial plaque at Tabernacl Chapel, Thomas Street, Holyhead.