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SS/3214   Able Seaman William Thomas Hughes
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Dated added: 21/04/2016   Last updated: 17/06/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: HMS Norseman, Royal Navy (British Navy)
Date Of Birth: 08/09/1892
Died: 22/01/1919 (Died of Illness)
Age: 26
William Thomas Hughes was the eldest son of William and Matilda Hughes. He was born on 8th September 1892 in Dungannon. He was one of four children. Sometime between 1895 and 1899, the family moved to Banbridge. By 1911 William, his father and his brother were general labourers. William Hughes joined the Royal Navy. On Friday 1st January 1915, he was on board the battleship H.M.S. Formidable when it was torpedoes by a submarine. Able Seaman William Hughes was serving with the Royal Navy on H.M.S. Norseman when he died of illness on 22nd January 1919.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Gillingham (Woodlands) Cemetery
  Gillingham, Kent, 9
Grave Ref: Grave Naval-6-310
CWGC Casualty 3056761
There is a large naval section in Gillingham (Woodlands) Cemetery which was reserved by the Admiralty and served the Royal Naval Hospital in Windmill Road. The section contains most of the war graves as well as burials of the pre-war and inter-war years.
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1 1901 Census lists Hughes family Lists William T as age 9 living with the family at house 33 in Reilly Street, West Urban (Banbridge), Down
2 1911 Census lists Hughes family Lists William Thomas as age 19 living with the family at house 20 in Railway Street, Banbridge West, Down
3 Photo of Able Seaman William Thomas Hughes's gravestone
4 National Archives UK Naval Medal Card can be purchased here
5 Naval History Hughes, William, Able Seaman, SS 3214 (Ch), rescued by trawler Provident
6 Naval History HUGHES, William, Able Seaman, SS 3214, Norseman, 22 February 1919, illness
7 Royal Naval Seamen's Records Tyrone Hughes William Official #SS3214 Dungannon 8 April 1891 ADM 188/1097
8 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Able Seaman William Thomas Hughes's gravestone cannot be purchased here
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