Hughes Family History

Journeys of War….. Towards Peace….

From this page you will enter into the lives of our family, men and women who placed themselves at the disposal of their country in order to maintain the freedoms that is ours today. Most returned home following the war others perished and are remembered by following generations of family members.
John Norman Hughes - Royal Irish Fusilers

Charles William Hughes 1892-1961

It is believed that Charles enlisted in both world wars. Below are images of his WW1 victory medal, awarded to men who served between 5 Aug 1914 and 12 Nov 1918. There appears to be no Enlistment and service records, presumably destroyed when the National Archives at Kew were bombed during the second world war.
John Norman Hughes. Royal Irish Rifles

Thomas Waterworth 1888-1 July 1916

Thomas James Waterworth. Born 27 September 1888 at 33 Warwick Street Belfast. Thomas was killed on the first day of the battle of the Somme. 
Charles William Hughes.
Thomas Waterworth.
Service Second World War
Victor Thomas Hughes 1915-2006
Charles William Hughes 1915-1983
William Rutherford 1911-1993
Hugh Milliken 1895-1917
Frederick William Stone 1919-2015
John Victor Hughes 1894-1977
William Rutherford joined the Royal artillery in 1930 at the age of 19. prior to the outbreak of World War Two William was posted to India from 1932-1936. William subsequently served at home during the war and following joined the War Office, the rest of his working career was with the Ministry of Defence gaining an MBE for his services.
Victor Thomas Hughes
Charles William Hughes 1915
William Rutherford
Hugh Milliken
Frederick Stone
Victor Hughes
Rowland Smeeth 1865-1915
James Burrows Smeeth 1877-1918
Susan Hughes
Susan Hughes 1927- 2021
Service First and Second World War
Service First World War
Susan (Sue)  served in the Auxiliary Territorial Service and spent her National Service in Jerusalem and Egypt. She was a telephonist and was awarded the Palestine Medal.
J B Smeeth
Rowland Smeeth
Rifleman 1st Battalion Royal Irish Rifles. Killed in action, France March 21 1918. Commemorated on Poziered Memorial France. Born Lanark Scotland. Serial number 605.
Charles served in the 2nd Battalion Royal Ulster Rifles
Victor served in the 2nd Battalion Royal Ulster Rifles and the Parachute Regiment.
Victor along with his brother Charles served in the Royal Army Service Corps Number 224665 as an M T Learner, with postings to Belfast, France, Salonica, Mesopotamia, Woolwich and then to Dublin.
Rifleman J B Smeeth number 1105 served with the 15th Battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles. He died on the 21 March 1918 aged 41 and is remembered at the  Pozieres Memorial France.
Private Roland Smeeth number 11445 served with the 5 Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. He served in the Soudan Campaign. He died on the 25 August 1915 aged 50. He is remembered with honour at the Helles Memorial Gallipoli.
Fred Stone served in the Royal Air Force from 1937 till the end of the war.
Norman served in the Home Guard from 1 July 1940 till 31 December 1944  then joined the Royal Irish Fusiliers Army number 14459909 on 13 February 1945 and seen service in Palestine.
John Norman Hughes 1920-2003
Caroline Hughes 1923-2015