James Hughes was the son of John and Rose Ann Hughes. James was born on 10th July 1896 in Moy, County Tyrone. The family lived in Anagasna Glebe, Moy, Tyrone. James was one of 12 children. Able Seaman James Hughes was serving with the Royal Navy on H.M.S. Walrus. James Hughes was returning from leave on board RMS Leinster when was he was killed on 10th October 1918. He was 21 years old. Just a month before the war ended, the R.M.S. Leinster was torpedoed by German Submarine UB 123, having just left Kingstown (now Dun Laoghaire). 501 of the 771 people on board died.
The Memorial is situated centrally on The Hoe which looks directly towards Plymouth Sound. It is accessible at all times. Copies of the Memorial Register are kept at the Tourist Information Office at Island House.