Robert Stowell HUGHES
Rank: Private
Number: 12291
Unit: 2nd Battalion CHESHIRE reGIMENT
Date of Death: 8 May 1915
Age: 41
Cemetery: Menin Gate Memorial, Ieper, Belgium

Robert Hughes was born in Birkenhead. The 1901 Census lists only one man, of the right age, born in the town and it records that he was still living there at the time.

By the time Robert enlisted, just after war was declared in August 1914, he was married and had three children. The family lived at Rose Cottage, Park lane, Stockport and Robert earned a living as a plumber with Thompson Ltd, Prince's Street.

On 8 May, Robert took part in the Battle of Frezenberg, near the Belgian town of Ypres (now Ieper). Afterwards, he was reported as being missing. Much later, information came via the then neutral American Embassy that he had been killed and had been buried by the German Army. Unfortunately, the location of his grave had been lost by the time the war ended and he is now commemorated on the Memorial to the Missing.

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