George Andrew Hughes (1895–1968)


Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) 98319 3rd Battalion
(Royal) Army Service Corps M/397272 No 4 Coy, Motor Transport

George Andrew Hughes was born at Holloway on 30 December 1895. He was raised at Crich, though the family later moved to live at nearby Whatstandwell. Prior to the war, George had worked as a wood machinist at Yelverton Dawbarn Brothers at Whatstandwell.
At the time of enlistment George was living at Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria, where he enlisted in the army on 6th December 1915. He initially served as a Private with the 3rd Battalion of The Sherwood Foresters, though was later transferred to the Army Service Corps, and was employed as a lorry driver. George was wounded in action in August 1918, having received a gunshot wound to the left forearm, and was transferred to a hospital in England.
After he was honourably discharged from the army, George married Ada Taylor at Derby in 1920. They emigrated to the US shortly afterwards and had a son and a daughter. For many years the family lived at Somerville in Middlesex County, Massachusetts. Throughout most of his working life George worked as a machinist and had worked for the Massachusetts Bay Transport Authority.
George Andrew Hughes passed away at Lowell, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, on 26 November 1968, aged seventy-two years. He was laid to rest in the Puritan Lawn Cemetery at Peabody in Essex County, Massachusetts.
He was not listed on the original Roll of Honour inside Crich Parish Church. This might be due to him being based at Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria at the time of enlistment in 1915. His brother, James Hughes, was listed on the original Roll of Honour.

Although George enlisted in the Sherwoods, he only served with 3rd Reserve Battalion in UK. He was either in a reserved occupation or served in the 3rd Sherwood Foresters near Sunderland for nearly two years.The paperwork used when he was wounded in 1918 was his original SF papers but used by ASC to save money. He only ever served in France with ASC and at some stage his unit was attached to 15th Battalion Tank Corps, which means it highly likely he drove a tank. Often men from ASC ended up attached to Tank Corps as drivers. The line in his Army Service Record stating he was wounded in 1916 with Sherwood Foresters should read ASC. [Steve Morse]

Medal Index Card
He was awarded the British War and Victory medals .

Army Service Record
Attested at Barrow in Furnace in 1915, a storekeeper of drawings. His next of kin was his father Joseph Hughes of Hillcrest, Whatstandwell. Hospitalised at Lichfield during October 1917. 31st May 1918 with 17th Coy. 6 June 1918 with 1090 MT Coy, 6 August 1918 to hospital in England. Lorry driver with ASC. He was wounded in action with Sherwood Foresters on 6th October 1918. In Nell Lane Military Hospital, West Didsbury, Manchester 30th August 1918. Discharged from the RASC 14 May 1919

Pension for Pte George Andrew Hughes, RASC 4 Coy dated 9 Feb 1919, gun shot wound left arm, 30%, address Hillcrest, Whatstandwell.

Newspaper Report

Derbyshire Courier 24 August 1918
Transport Driver George Hughes, youngest son of the late Mr Joseph Hughes and Mrs Hughes of Crich Carr, was wounded last week, a piece of shrapnel entering his left hand near the wrist. He had crossed into France only five weeks previously. He has now been brought back to England, and is at West Didsbury (Manchester) Military Hospital. Driver Hughes, who is in the ASC was employed at Messrs. Hunter's shop at Belper before joining up.

George Hughes's brother James Hughes is also on the Roll of Honour


1901: Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Joseph Hughes Head 39 Wheelwright Tansley
Caroline Hughes wife 35   Matlock
James Hughes son 7   Matlock
Geo A Hughes son 5   Holloway
Florence M Hughes daughter 2   Crich

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1911: Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Joseph Hughes Head 50 Wheelwright at Butterley Co Tansley
Caroline Hughes wife 46   Matlock
James Hughes son 17 Railway porter Matlock
George A Hughes son 15 Machine woodworker Dawbarns Holloway
Florence M Hughes daughter 12 School girl Crich
Leslie Bonsall visitor 1 mo   Matlock

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1918 Crich voters
George Andrew Hughes, North View; absent on military service.