Harry Hughes

Harry David Hughes was the son of Henry and Elizabeth Hughes and upon enlistment gave his address as 136 Star Road, Peterborough.  It is thought that he enlisted in the HCB at the Huntingdon H.Q. of the Huntingdonshire Cyclist Battalion, St. Marys Street, Huntingdon on the 9the November 1914.

Papers survive from his time with the Hunts Cyclist Battalion. He took his oath at Huntingdon, and was given the number 1092 and posted to the 2/1st [Reserve] Battalion. Records also show that he was at some time he held the HCB No. 3160.  On the 20th November he was granted the paid rank of Corporal.  During 1916 he was, along with the other HCB men re numbered to the new 6 figure Army number of 290250. 

On the 14th June 1917 he was discharged from the HCB to join the Royal Naval Division, which he did the following day. The HCB were a Home Service Battalion, and as such he would have had to volunteer for 'Imperial Service' to allow him to serve overseas.

His Royal Naval Division service file states he was born on the 23rd April 1898 and on the 5th July 1917 he went to France and was posted to Hawke Battalion on the 28th August 1917.

He was listed as missing in action on the 27/28th March 1918 and later confirmed killed in action at that date.

He has no known grave and is remembered on panel 1 of the Arras Memorial - Faubourg D' Amiens Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France as R/3160 Able Seaman H. D. Hughes.


Photograph of his name on panel 1 of the Arras Memorial - Faubourg D' Amiens Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.  This panel records the men who have no known grave.

Many thanks to Jonathan Shipley for some of the background on this soldier that is detailed here.

If you can help with any data on this Huntingdonshire Cyclist please contact me at huntscycles@btinternet.com

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 Arras Memorial - Faubourg D'Amiens Cemetery, Pas de Calais    


. Martyn Smith