Born: 1879, Newmarket, Suffolk.

Died: 11th November 1901; age: 22; Died from gun shot wounds to the abdomen at Orebyfontein, Northern Cape, South Africa.

Herbert had been dangerously wounded on the 9th December 1901 during a skirmish which was recorded in The Times – 24th January 1902:

Whilst skirmishing Pte 4163 HH Hughes 1st King Dragoon Guards was fatally wounded by a six year old Boer boy who approached and shot him in the abdomen with a concealed pistol. Cpt EA Williams was killed and Lt HH Harris wounded in the skirmish. A report to the War Office was made by Sgt C Probertts of Pte Hughes’ troop and his comrade Pte MF Elmer.

Occupation: Carman.

Enlistment Date: 7th March 1898.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 4163.

Regiment: 1st King’s Dragoon Guards, South Africa Field Force.


Clasps Awarded: Cape Colony & Orange Free State.




1881   12, Exning Road, Newmarket, Suffolk.


Herbert was 2 years old and living with his parents.

Harold Charles Hughes, 25, a Stable Man, born Chester, Cheshire.

Louisa Elizabeth Hughes (nee Wilderspin), 25, born Bottisham, Cambridgeshire.


1891   7, Burwell Road, Exning, Suffolk.


Herbert was 12 years and living with his parents & siblings.

Harold, 39, a Groom – Racing Stables.

Louisa, 39.

Florence Kate Hughes, 10, born Newmarket.

Albert Hubert Hughes, 8, born Newmarket.

Sidney James Hughes, 4, born Newmarket – partially blind from birth.

William Gerald Hughes, 1, born Newmarket.


In 1900, Farnham, Surrey, Herbert married Evelena Florence Jones, born 1879.


Soldiers’ Effects to Evelena F. Hughes – widow.


Herbert is also remembered on a private brass memorial plaque erected by his officer and comrades, at All Saint’s Church, Park Lane, Newmarket, Suffolk.

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