HUGHES, Martin James
(Service number 40216)

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Date Unknown Place of Birth

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Appleyby, Neslon
Occupation Carpenter
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin P. Hughes (father), County Galway, Ireland
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 23rd Reinforcements, Canterbury Infantry Regiment, C Company
Date 2 April 1917
Transport HMNZT 80 Corinthic
Embarked From Destination Plymouth, Devon, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Canterbury Infantry Regiment, 2nd Battalion

Military Awards

Service Medals
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 19 September 1917 Age
Place of Death Belgium
Cause Died of wounds
Memorial or Cemetery Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas-de-Calais, France
Memorial Reference XXII. Q. 20A
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Martin was the son of Mr. F. Hughes, of Gardenham, Drumgriffin P.O., Co. Galway, Ireland. He arrived in New Zealand in 1911, lived and worked in the Waimate area as a carpenter before moving north to the Nelson area where he enlisted in the Army at Appleby 10 November 1916.

His wish was to return to Ireland and he thought by joining the army this was a way of having his fare paid back to Ireland, sadly he did not make it due to being wounded in action and passing away two days later. His medals were sent back to Ireland, the British War and Victory Medal along with the hat badge and the collar badge.

Martin still has descendants living in South Canterbury and Auckland (in 2015).


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database (22 July 2015); SCRoll submission by M Darling, 6 July 2015; The Quinns of Athenry (blog) also features an image of Hughes at

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Tony Rippin (South Canterbury Museum)

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