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Hugh-Jones, Kenneth Herbert

Hugh-Jones, Kenneth Herbert, Capt., 5th attd. 12th, Rifle Brigade. Entered 1915, Arts Scholar. Killed in action September 20th 1917.

Kenneth Herbert Hugh-Jones the fourth son of Mr. and Mrs. Llewelyn Hugh-Jones, of Chevet Hey, Wrexham, Denbighshire, and was born on the 4th December, 1896. He received his early education at Colet House School, Rhyl, and from there gained in 1910 a Classical Foundation Scholarship at Bradfield College. During the whole of his time there (except his 1st term) he was a member of the O.T.C. and latterly a Platoon sergeant. He was also chapel prefect.

On leaving Bradfield in 1915 he gained an Open Scholarship in Arts at Guy's Hospital, and went into residence in October, On December 11th he enlisted in the Artists' Rifles, and passing through the Cadet school, received a commission in the Special Reserve in the Rifle Brigade. Second Lieut. Hugh-Jones went to France on the 25th October, 1916, and was attached to the 12th battalion of the Rifle Brigade. He was gazetted Captain as from 24th August, 1917, and was killed on 20th September, 1917, close to Langemarck, Flanders, while leading his men to the attack.

His Colonel wrote: "It is a very great blow to the Battalion, as he was one of the best officers we have ever had. He had long since proved his value, and was in command of his Company in an attack 20th September. He was extremely popular with his men and with all the other officers. I'm sure he died as he would have wished at the head of his company." Guy's Hospital Reports Vol.LXX, War Memorial Number

Biographical

Surname(s)Hugh-Jones
First name(s)Kenneth Herbert
Date of birth4 December 1896
Family detailsSon of the late Llewelyn and of Clara Hugh-Jones, of Chevet Hey, Wrexham
Previous educationColet House School, Rhyl; Bradfield College, Berks
CollegeGuy's Hospital
Dates at college1915
Dept / courseLondon M.B.
Military unitRifle Brigade (The Prince Consort's Own), 5th Bn. Attd 12th Bn.
War / conflictWorld War One (1914-1918)
Date of death20 September 1917
Age at death20
Rank at deathActing Captain
Cause of deathKilled in action
Burial placeCement House Cemetery, Belgium
Commemoration(s)Guy's Hospital Memorial; Rhyl War Memorial
SourcesGuy's Hospital Medical School Records, King's College London Archives; Commonwealth War Graves Commission

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