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SS/6769   Able Seaman James Hughes
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 30/05/2021
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: HMS Walrus, Royal Navy (British Navy)
Date Of Birth: 10/07/1896
Died: 10/10/1918 (Died at Sea)
Age: 22
Summary      
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.
Further Information
James Hughes was the son of John and Rose Ann Hughes. James Hughes and Rose McKee were married on 25th January 1883 in the district of Armagh.
James Hughes was born on 10th July 1896 in Moy, County Tyrone. He was one of twelve children, all born in the Moy area.
The 1901 census records James as age 4, living with the family at house 1 in Anagasna Glebe, Moy, Tyrone. John Hughes was a farmer.
Family: John Hughes, Rose Anne Hughes, Mary Minnie Hughes (born 26th March 1884), Catherine Hughes (born 21st June 1885), Bridget Hughes (born 12th October 1886), John Hughes (born 7th March 1888), Annie Hughes (born 15th September 1889), Teresa Hughes (born 9th June 1891), Bernard Hughes (born 11th December 1892), Agnes Hughes (born 20th November 1894), James Hughes (born 10th July 1896), Thomas Joseph Hughes (born 18th December 1897), Rose Hughes (born 30th October 1899), Winifred Hughes (born 9th December 1902).
The 1911 census records James as age 13 living with the family at house 11 in Anagasna Glebe, Moy, Tyrone. James was still at school. His father was not listed, but his mother was still married. His mother Rose was listed as a farmer.
Prior to enlisting, James Hughes was employed as a shipyard labourer.
James Hughes enlisted with the Royal Navy on 21st December 1915.
Royal Navy record
Able Seaman James Hughes served on the ships and locations listed below.
Royal Navy record
Able Seaman James Hughes was serving with the Royal Navy on H.M.S. Walrus.
H.M.S. Walrus
HMS Walrus was ordered in December 1916 and was launched on 27 December 1917 and commissioned on 8 March 1918. It was assigned the pennant number G17 in April 1918.
Just a month before the war ended, the R.M.S. Leinster, a city of Dublin Steam Packet Company ship, was torpedoed by German Submarine UB 123, having just left Kingstown (now Dun Laoghaire). 501 of the 771 people on board died, including crew, postal workers, civilians, Voluntary Aid Nurses and eight Royal Dublin Fusiliers. Many were Irish men and women returning from leave.
Able Seaman James Hughes was on board RMS Leinster when was he was killed as a direct result of enemy action on 10th October 1918. He was 21 years old.
Royal Navy record
From the Tyrone Courier and Dungannon News dated 9th October 1918:
While talking of peace on the one hand on the other, the Germans continue their brutal submarine attacks on defenceless boats, the latest being that of the Dublin Steampacket Company's Royal Mail Steamer Leinster (RMS Leinster), which was sent to the bottom with the loss of about 500 men, women and children as she sailed from Kingstown to Holyhead in broad daylight on Thursday. She was struck by two torpedoes, and sank in twelve minutes. It was impossible in that short time to launch many of the boats, and most of the casualties were due to boats that got out, overturning. The survivors numbering about 200 together with numerous dead bodies were brought back to Kingstown, during the afternoon, and the scenes witnessed at the harbour where relatives eagerly sought news of their loved ones were beyond description.
RMS Leinster
There were twenty-five members of the Royal Navy on board the R.M.S. Leinster
Memorials
Able Seaman James Hughes has no known grave and is commemorated on Plymouth Naval Memorial.
Books
Torpedoed: the RMS Leinster disaster (book)
Death in the Irish Sea (book)
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Relevant Dungannon Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Anagasna Glebe Moy Census listing in Anagasna Glebe 54.430431 -6.734573
GRONI References
TYPE - B:Birth M:Marriage D:Death | GRONI | SIBLING: brother or sister | NOTES: spelling inconsistencies, etc.
Date Type Surname First name Relationship GRONI Ref Notes
25/01/1883 M McKee Rose Parent M/1883/Q1/197/6/196
25/01/1883 M Hughes John Parent M/1883/Q1/197/6/196
26/03/1884 B Hughes Mary Sibling U/1884/106/1012/7/330 McKay
21/06/1885 B Hughes Catherine Sibling U/1885/106/1012/7/447
12/10/1886 B Hughes Bridget Sibling U/1886/106/1012/8/75
07/03/1888 B Hughes John Sibling U/1888/106/1012/8/195
15/09/1889 B Hughes Annie Sibling U/1889/106/1012/8/336
09/06/1891 B Hughes Theresa Sibling U/1891/106/1012/9/16
11/12/1892 B Hughes Bernard Sibling U/1893/106/1012/9/167
20/11/1894 B Hughes Agnes Sibling U/1894/106/1012/9/356
10/07/1896 B Hughes James Casualty U/1896/106/1012/10/20
18/12/1897 B Hughes Thomas Sibling U/1898/106/1012/10/144
10/10/1899 B Hughes Rose Sibling U/1899/106/1012/10/337
09/12/1902 B Hughes Winifred Sibling U/1903/106/1012/11/108
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Hughes family Lists James as age 4 living with the family at house1 in Anagasna Glebe, Moy, Tyrone
2 1911 Census lists Hughes family Lists James as age 13 living with the family at house 11 in Anagasna Glebe, Moy, Tyrone
3 Civilian Eileen Campbell Also died on RMS Leinster
4 Cookstown War Dead Lieutenant George R C Campbell of Moneymore, RMS Leinster casualty
5 Death in the Irish Sea (book) The circumstances relating to Ireland's greatest maritime disaster
6 FindAGrave.com Photo of Able Seaman James Hughes' inscription
7 Imperial War Museum Photo of HMS Walrus
8 National Archives UK Naval Medal Card can be purchased here
9 Naval Casualties Full details of James Hughes
10 Naval History - lists naval casualties Lists those Royal Navy Personnel killed on board RMS Leinster
11 Official site of the R.M.S. Leinster Full details of the sinking and commemorations
12 Private George Lutton Private Lutton, also from Moy, perished on board RMS Leinster
13 RMS Leinster Lists James Cassidy as being on board RMS Leinster
14 Torpedoed: the RMS Leinster disaster (book) Book available from Amazon.
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