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Percy Hughes 1876-1956

Britain, Merchant Seamen 1918. Chief Engineer 103028

Percy Hughes was born 13 April 1876 in Barrow in Furness, a son of William Jonathan & Anna Maria Hughes nee Dickerson. 

In the 1881 Census the family is living at 13 Roa Island, Yarlside, Barrow in Furness. His father is Pier Master born Brightlingsea, Essex.

In 1911 Percy is at Rose Villa, Norton Road, Morecambe, a Marine Engineer born Barrow in Furness.
Percy and Emma nee Peacock had 3 sons William James (b. 1904), Percy Frederick (b. 1911) and Stanley Gordon (b.1913).

Morecambe Guardian 18 January 1930:
The Scouts have made great headway this month with their 2nd class tests, and several will have gained their badges by next month. (Good scouting to you all). Despite the bad weather several have passed their test in the open. On Wednesday, December 18th, a potato pie supper was held at the H.Q., the pies, buns and other eatables being given by the parents of the Rovers and the Scouts. At the monthly court of honour it was decided that the Scouts should enter the singing competition at the Lancaster Musical Festival and that a dance should be held on January 15th for camp equipment. Rover Percy F. Hughes was elected Group Scribe.


The Crew finished their probation this month, and N. Peel and P. F. Hughes were invested by A.D. Comm. R. E. Wright along with other Rovers at the H.Q.’s of the 13th Lancaster Crew on December 9th. Later in the month Squire Haley and Stanley Hughes as his 2nd. The Rovers have been busy instructing the Scouts on Saturday afternoons.

Morecambe Guardian 22 November 1935:
Scout Commissioner at Morecambe.
“WHEN you get international knowledge you get international goodwill.”
This truth was expressed by the Assistant Scout County Commissioner for North-West Lancashire and District Commissioner for South Lonsdale (Mr. T. W. Helme, J.P., C.C.), at the annual meeting of the Morecambe Boy Scouts’ Association in the Masonic Hall, on Monday night.
Mr. Helme reminded the meeting that international gatherings of scouts – called jamborees – were held every three or four years, and that the next one would be held in Holland in 1937. He hoped they would use their funds to assist Morecambe boys to attend that jamboree. It was from international gatherings such as these that they got international knowledge and from international knowledge came international goodwill.
Mr. Helme, who is a County Councillor, also referred to the fine work which Capt. C. H. Michaelson was doing at Blakeholme, near Preston. The county recognised the work done and had decided to start a fund to try and raise £100 a year towards the upkeep of this camp, which hitherto had been done by Capt. Michaelson personally. They would be exceedingly grateful for any contributions to the scheme, and he strongly appealed for support.
Capt. Michaelson, who is the deputy camp chief and assistant county commissioner for North-West Lancashire, said he would like to see more Morecambe boys at Blakeholme.
The annual report, read by Mr. G. S. Evenden, the hon. secretary, showed that there was a decrease from 170 officers and boys last year to 155 this year. In connection with the King’s Jubilee celebrations this year, a team of four had been sent to Windsor to the special services in St. George’s Chapel.
Mr. George Kirkby, the hon. treasurer, said there was the favourable balance at the bank of £28 5s 6d.
It was resolved that a letter of appreciation be sent to Mr. Percy Hughes for his services as badge Secretary. Mr. N. Gatfield has been appointed badge secretary in his place.
All the other officers and executive were re-appointed.

The 1939 Register records Percy at 74 Norton Road, Heysham with his wife Emma. He is listed as a Chief Marine Engineer (retired) and he is an ARP Warden.

Lancashire Evening Post 31 July 1943:
Chief Petty Officer Stanley Gordon Hughes (29), married, reported missing in North Africa, in December, 1942, has been officially presumed dead. He was a native of Morecambe and comes from a long line of seamen. His father, Mr. Percy Hughes, was chief engineer at Heysham Harbour, where the son served his apprenticeship to electrical engineering with the L.M.S. railway.

England & Wales Government Probate Death Index 
HUGHES Percy of Harmony 74 Norton-road Morecambe
and Heysham Lancashire died 27 June 1956 at Tudor
House Northcliffe-drive Totteridge London N.20 Probate
Lancaster 7 September to Emma Hughes widow.
Effects £651 14s. 3d.