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Private John Hughes

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: John James Hughes

Ancestor's date of birth: 15/11/1879

Ancestor's date of death: 04/09/1955

Cause of Death: Not Stated

Service Number: 530

Colony or State of enlistment: VIC, Place of Enlistment: Detail not provided

Unit: A Squadron 3rd Victorian Imperial Bushmen

Rank attained in Boer War: PTE, Date Effective: On enlistment

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): No evidence of post Boer War military service.

Murray Page: 248

Contingent: Third Victorian

Ship: Euryalus, Date of Sailing: 10/03/1900

Memorial details: Detail not provided

Decorations: Queen's South Africa Medal with Rhodesia, Transvaal, Orange Free State, Cape Colony and SA1901 clasps.

Personal Characteristics: He was a horse breaker from Bet Bet Victoria. He was the son of Hugh Hughes and Mary Ann Hughes [nee Salter]. Height 175 cm.

Reasons to go and fight: Detail not provided

Details of service in war: April 1900 - April 1901 in Rhodesia under Carington, west Transvaal including skirmish at Koster River where six killed (22 July 1900), and in northern Transvaal including battle of Rhenoster Kop (29 November 1900), great De Wet hunt including charge at Wolwekuil (14 February 1901) and advance on Pietersburg.

Service and life after the Boer War: He joined the Victorian Police Force as Constable #4998 on the 7 January 1902. He served in Russell Street,K yabram, Beechworth, Benalla, Omeo, Glen Wills, Macarthur, Hamilton, Cavendish[1914-1918], Edenhope, Merimo, St Kilda Road [1902- 1924] and Seymour [1924-1939]. Left the Police Force 15 November 1939 and put on a pension. Promotions: Senior Constable 1 September 1922, Sgt 2nd Class 7 May 1928, Sgt 1st Class 1 March 1932. He married Lillian Louisa Kinsella in 1904, he died in Coburg 4 september 1955 and Lillian 14 May 1963.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: John Dellavedova, Creswick VIC
Relationship to Ancestor: Great Nephew

Name of Descendant: Iona Macnab, Brighton VIC
Relationship to Ancestor: Great-niece


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