Mathew Hughes

Military Person

1822 – 1882

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Who was Mathew Hughes?

Matthew Hughes VC was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

Hughes was approximately 33 years old and a private in 7th Regiment of Foot, British Army when, during the Crimean War, he performed the acts that saw him recommended for the VC. The full citation was in the first set of awards of the VC published in the London Gazette on 24 February 1857, and read:

THE Queen has been graciously pleased to signify Her intention to confer the Decoration of the Victoria Cross on the undermentioned Officers and Men of Her Majesty's Navy and Marines, and Officers, Non-commissioned Officers, and Men of Her Majesty's Army, who have been recommended to Her Majesty for that Decoration, in accordance with the rules laid down in Her Majesty's Warrant of the 29th of January, 1856 on account of acts of bravery performed by them before the Enemy during the late War, as recorded against their several names, viz. :—

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7th Regiment No. 1879 Private Mathew Hughes

Hughes achieved the rank of sergeant that same year, but was later demoted.

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Born
1822
Bradford
Nationality
  • United Kingdom
Profession
Died
Jan 9, 1882
Bradford

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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