Born: 1879, Newmarket, Suffolk.

Died: 11th November 1901; age: 22; Died from wounds after a deliberate gun shot to the abdomen by a six year old Boer boy, at Orebyfontein, Northern Cape, South Africa.

Globe – London 24th January 1902


One of the most surprising incidents of the present was is reported in the case of the death of Private Herbert Harold Hughes, 1st King’s Dragoon Guards, whose widow lives at Dover. The details of the story are vouched for by Sergt. probert, of the deceased soldier’s troop, who has sent full particulars to the War Office, and by his comrade Private Morris Elmer. The affair occurred at Orebyfontein, near Harrismith, Orange River Colony, Capt. Williams, 1st Dragoons, being among those who lost their lives. The small force was skirmishing, when a Boer boy, afterwards found to be only six years of age, walked up to Private Hughes, and, when close to him, deliberately shot him in the abdomen with a revolver he had concealed, the wound provig fatal. The dragoon naturally had not anticipated such an action from the child.

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.

The Boer War.

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