William Hughes b. 1876 was a coal miner living in the Hemsworth area where he married Laura Ramsbottom in 1903 and where their children were born – Evelyn b. 1904, William b. 1906 and Albert b. 1909. In 1911 they were living at 3 Cross Street, Maltby . Later the family moved to 11 Elwiss Street, Marshgate, Doncaster where children Alice b. 1914 and Mary Louvain b. 1915.
William enlisted into the York & Lancs Regmt (No. 17692) on 12 December, 1914. William was killed in action on 16 September, 1915 in France and is buried at the Kemmel Chateau Military Cemetery, Belgium.
The Hughes children were found neglected by the NSPCC who informed the Army on 9 December 1915 that “the wife was sentenced to six months for neglecting the children”, and subsequently the war pension was awarded to the four children (as the wife was ‘unworthy’) to be paid to the Guardian (Workhouse) as from 27 March, 1916.
The children being discharged to children’s homes at various dates between 1915 and 1917. Mary Louvain dying in the workhouse on 29 August, 1915.