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William Hughes, Lancashire Fusiliers- father of Ted Hughes


David_Blanchard

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On Ted Hughes wiki page is the following information:

Most of the more recent generations of his family had worked in the clothing and milling industries in the area. Hughes's father, a joiner, had enlisted with the Lancashire Fusiliers and fought at Ypres. A bullet narrowly escaped killing William Hughes when it lodged in a paybook in his breast pocket.[7] He was one of just 17 men of his regiment to return from the Dardanelles Campaign (191516).[8] The stories of Flanders fields filled Hughes' childhood imagination (later described in the poem "Out").[9] Hughes noted, "my first six years shaped everything."

I would be grateful if anyone has any more details of William Hughes service in the Great War.

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It looks as though Ted Hughes uncle Walter Farrar from Mythomroyd has 40 pages of his service record available on Ancestry- in the Kings Royal Rifle Corps.

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