b. ? 1864 Caernarvon, Wales. d. 11/03/1930 Chapel-le-Frith, Derbyshire.
DATE OF EM ACTION: 30/08/1910 Castleton, Derbyshire.
Hugh was born in Caernarvon, Wales in c. 1864, though little is known about his early life. In c, 1892 he married Sarah, and they had moved to Chapel-le-Frith, Derbyshire, where Hugh was employed as a District Surveyor. They had five children, the last born in 1901. Following his chance encounter which led to the award of the Edward Medal, little else is known about Hugh’s life. He died in Chapel-le-Frith on 11th March 1930 aged 66.
On the evening of the 30th August, 1910, Mr. Samuel Needham, of Man Farm, Castleton, Derbyshire, was driving his cattle from a field on his farm to his farm buildings, when a bull attacked him, and, knocking him down, began to gore him. Mr. H. T. Hughes, a District Surveyor, who lives at Chapel-en-lefrith, and happened to be passing at the time, at once went to Mr. Needham’s help, and managed to drive off the bull by beating it about the face and eyes with his cap. If it had not been for Mr. Hughes’ timely and courageous action, in all probability Mr. Needham would have been killed or seriously injured.
BURIAL LOCATION: CHINLEY INDEPENDENT CHAPEL. CHAPEL-LE-FRITH, DERBYSHIRE.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: UNKNOWN.