Posted 16 October 2008 - 09:30 pm
I need a little help to sort this one out. I found a Pension Record via Ancestry for Pte John Hughes, Royal Welsh Fusiliers (No 13174) - it shows he joined up in 1914 but was discharged after a month as 'unlikely to become an efficient soldier'. His mother's address in Flint, Wales is shown on the record, so I know he is the man I am researching.
A local newspaper report from Flint in 1917 says that the same man has been reported to have died of fever - it talks about him rejoining his regiment just a short time before. So he must have re-enlisted and been accepted. The family have a date of death for him of 20th July 1917 and the story passed down is that he died of malaria.
CWGC record show a Pte John Hughes of the Welsh Regiment died on that date and that he is commemorated on the Kirkee Memorial, India. Service number is given as 58706. The medal index card for 58706 shows he only got a War Medal - no Victory Medal. No service record as yet online.
It seems to me that this guy was accepted back into the Army when they were getting a little less fussy but was given some job which meant he never saw action (probably deliberately because he wasn't capable of fighting). Does that sound logical to you? My main question is, what would the Welsh Regiment and my man have been doing in India in 1917? I know Kirkee commemorates soldiers who died all over India and Pakistan during WW1 because their original graves were lost / unmaintained. Would the regiment just have been on garrison duty or something?