Hughes, Gordon MacGregor


War Service:

Second Lieutenant GORDON MACGREGOR HUGHES of the 9th Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment died on 8 August 1916, aged 21.

At the time of his death he was attached to the 5th Battalion. The battalion War Diary for 8 August reads: “On the morning of August 8th the Germans made 4 counter attacks on our position in 5th Avenue.…… At 5.30am they… succeeded in getting into the trench and compelling our men to withdraw down the trench. A fresh barricade was erected about 50 yards from the old one and the enemy were checked there. While supervising the construction of this barricade the company commander 2 Lt F.A.L. EDWARDS who had conducted the defence with great gallantry was wounded, and succumbed to his wounds 2 days later. 2Lt G.M. HUGHES who was seen to be wounded during the first attack was found to be missing and 2Lt H. CROWHURST was wounded by enemy bombs. The net result of the 4 attacks was that the enemy gained about 50 yards of trench with great loss of life. Our casualties were 6 officers and 128 other ranks.”

He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme.

Location of Memorial:
Gordon Hughes is also remembered on the memorial at St Bartholomew’s church, Sydenham.

He was the son of Alfred MacGregor Hughes, of 34, Newlands Park, Sydenham and the late Maria Hughes.


Contributed By: Andy Pepper

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