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Griffith Roy Hughes

Name on Board G Hughes
Name on Service
Griffith Roy  Hughes
Enlistment Age 20
Occupation Painter
Place of Birth Seymour, Vic
Next of Kin Griffith Hughes
Address High St, Ararat, Vic
Marital Status S
Enlistment Date 19/08/1914
Service No. 168
Enlistment Place South Melbourne, Vic
Embarkation Place Melbourne, Vic
Embarkation Date 21/10/1914
Embarkation Ship HMAT Orvieto A3
Unit on Embarkation 5th Australian Infantry Battalion
Date of Death 11/05/1915
Unit on Death 5th Australian Infantry Battalion
Rank on Death Private
Cause of Death Died of Wounds
Place of Wounding/
No. 11 Casualty Clearing Hospital, Gallipoli
Cemetery or Memorial Lancashire Landing Cemetery, Cape Helles, Gallipoli Peninsula, Canakkale Province, Turkey
Additional Information At the time of enlistment Griffith Hughes lived with his Aunt, Elizabeth Hughes, who was also his foster mother, at 3 Princes St, North Williamstown, Vic. He was a painter and he enlisted at age 20 years and 1 month in August 1914.  Griffith sailed on the Orvieto with the First Convoy of 38 ships which departed from Albany, Western Australia on 1 November 1914. His friend, Private Frank Clarke, wrote of the horrors surrounding Griff's death from the hospital at Lemnos Island:  'I am the only left out of our tent that left Broadmeadows....Poor Griff Hughes is killed.  We both got through the landing all right, but it was a fortnight after, down Cape Helles, in a charge, we both got hit.  It was an awful evening – I will never forget it as long as I live.  The bombardment just rained bullets and shells into us; three shells burst right in our faces.....the concussion of the shells bursting nearly drove me silly.  I thought I would never see the sun set that evening.' His service records only tell us that Griff died of wounds on 11 May 1915 at the No. 11 Casualty Clearing Hospital, Gallipoli.  It is only through the visceral personal correspondence that we gain some insight into the horrors the men faced.
Additional References Williamstown Chronicle, Saturday 12 June, 1915, p2 The National Anzac Centre, Albany, Western Australia
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