Sergeant-Major Hughes, James
9th Bn.(North Irish Horse)
Royal Irish Fusiliers
who died on
12th October 1916
Son of John and Elizabeth Hughes, of 15 John St., Portadown; husband of the late Isabella Hughes.
James was wounded in the face October 1916, James awarded the Military Medal for his actions April/May 1917 during the fighting at the Chemical Works, Roeux, he was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for gallantry under fire 23rd March 1918 during the retreat from St Quentin.
Portadown News: 14th September 1918:
Distinguished Conduct Medals
The King has been graciously pleased to approve of the award of Distinguished Conduct Medal to the undermentioned:
4517 Sergeant J. Hughes, M.M., Royal Irish Fusiliers, (Portadown). For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He went forward with a Lewis gun and knocked out an enemy machine gun, which was firing on our right flank. When his team were disabled, although wounded himself, he kept the gun in action until reinforcements came up.