A First Day Vimy Memorial Cross to the 19th Canadian Infantry
A First Day Vimy Memorial Cross to the 19th Canadian Infantry; (757556. Pte S.G. HUGHES.). Naming is officially engraved. Light contact, residue on the bottom arm, better than very fine. In its hardshelled case of issue, missing its medal bed, case very fine. Accompanied by copies of his Index Cards, Attestation Paper, Service Records, Medical Records, Pay Records, Will and assorted research papers. Footnote: Samuel George Hughes was born on September 16, 1889 in South Wales, the son of Mrs. J. Hughes. He signed his Attestation Paper on December 30, 1915 at the Recruiting Depot in Hamilton, Ontario, naming his next-of-kin as wife, Annie Hughes of Hamilton, stating that he had no previous military service, that he was married and that his trade was that of Shipper. He was transferred to the 120th Infantry Battalion "13th Royal Regiment, Hamilton Battalion" on January 16, 1916. The Battalion was raised and mobilized in Hamilton, Ontario under the authority of G.O. 151, December 22, 1915. The Battalion sailed August 14, 1916 from Halifax, Nova Scotia, aboard the S.S. Empress of Britain, under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel D.G. Fearman with a strength of 32 officers and 838 other ranks, arriving on the 23rd. In England, the Battalion was absorbed into the 2nd Reserve Battalion. Hughes was appointed Acting Lance Corporal at Bramshott on September 13, 1916. He reverted to the ranks on proceeding overseas on December 5, 1916, on transfer to the 19th Infantry Battalion, arriving at the Canadian Base Depot in France on the 6th, then joining his unit on the 9th as a Signaller. Hughes was with the 19th Infantry Battalion (Central Ontario Regiment) when he was Killed in Action, on April 9, 1917, the first day of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, at the age of 30. He is remembered with honour at Zivy Crater, Thelus, Pas de Calais, France, Grave Reference: Panel 3, Col. 2. His Will, dated October 26, 1916, left his entire estate to his wife, Annie Lockley (formerly Hughes) of Brantford, Ontario. She also received his Plaque and Scroll, British War Medal and Victory Medal, along with his Memorial Cross. In addition, she was paid a War Service Gratuity of $100 in 1920.