CHARLES HUGHES 

Rank: Corporal
Service Number: 11347.
Regiment: 1st Bn. Royal Welsh Fusiliers Killed In Action Saturday 25th September 1915 Age 19County Memorial Stockport
Commemorated\Buried LOOS MEMORIAL
Grave\Panel Ref: Panel 50 to 52.
France
Charlie was born in Stockport in 1896. He lived with his father Edward, a hairdresser, and his mother Elizabeth at 14 St Peter's Gate, Stockport. Charlie was a clerk working for Oliver Coppock of 10 Vernon Street, Stockport. He had 2 brothers, Edward & Albert.
  Charlie enlisted in Manchester on the 3rd February 1913, originally into the 6th Battalion Cheshire Regiment. He transferred to the 1st Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers on the 13th January 1914. He entered France on the 11th December 1914. He was killed in action on the 25th September duringthe Battle of Loos. He has no known grave and is commemorated on Loos Memorial, Loos En Gohelle, Pas DE Calais, France. Panels 50 to 52.
In April 1915 he wrote home:
 "We have now been out of the trenches for 8 days, quite a long holiday. We shall shortly be in again and expect some stiff fighting like the fighting about a fortnight ago. I had one or two narrow escapes. On one occasion a big piece of shrapnel scraped across my knuckles and just took the skin off. Again four of us were going out to mend telephone wires and left our packs and overcoats. We had only just left the farm when a "Jack Johnson" hit square and this was followed up by a few high explosive shells. There wasn't much left of the farm and I did not go back for my overcoat and pack, you can be sure."