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Thomas Owen Hughes

Thomas Owen Hughes

About Thomas Owen

Thomas Owen Hughes was born in Hope Parish, Flintshire, Wales, in 1873, the son of John and Ellen Hughes.  He first found employment in the clothing trade, before joining the mercantile marine as an assistant storekeeper.

He married Alice Jones, (née Roberts), in 1902 and they lived at 78 Northgate Street, Chester, Cheshire.  Alice was a widow, and ten years senior in age to Thomas.  They had no children.

He served as Assistant Storekeeper in the Stewards' Department on board the Lusitania and he was killed when she was sunk.  He was aged 42 years.

His body was not found and identified afterwards and as a consequence, he is commemorated on the Mercantile Marine Memorial at Tower Hill, London.

He is also commemorated on the grave of his wife's parents in Overleigh Cemetery, Chester.  The inscription, on a white headstone with letters raised from its surface states: -

THOMAS OWEN HUGHES

 SON IN LAW

THE BELOVED HUSBAND OF

ALICE HUGHES

WHO LOST HIS LIFE ON MAY 7 1915

THROUGH THE SINKING

OF THE RMS LUSITANIA

IN THE GREAT WAR

AGED 42 YEARS

Originally, Assistant Storekeeper Hughes' bronze Memorial Plaque was fixed to the gravestone above his inscription, but it has either fallen off or been taken off as there is now just a blank space there and a slight green discolouration on the inscription, where rain had obviously eroded the bronze.

The Liverpool and London War Risks Insurance Association Limited granted an annual pension to Alice Hughes to compensate her for the loss of her husband which amounted to £19-18s-9d. (£19.93½p.) which was payable at the rate of £5-19s-11d. (£5.99½p.) per quarter.

Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1881 Census of England and Wales, 1891 Census of England and Wales, 1901 Census of England and Wales, 1911 Census of England and Wales, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Geoff Crump, Cunard Records, UniLiv. PR 13/24, PRO BT 334.

Name:
Thomas Owen Hughes

Outcome:
Lost

Type:
Crew

Age at time of sailing:
41

Address at time of sailing:
78 Northgate Street, Chester
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