Matthew Hughes

Date of birth: 
9 January 1882
Great Britain
British Army.
Private Soldier
7th Royal Fusiliers
The Victoria Cross. Crimean Medal (3 Clasps)
Crimean War
VC Awarded: 
Hughes was one of the 62 men who attended the first investiture in Hyde Park, London on 26th June 1857
Awarded posthumously: 


Further Information

Matthew Hughes was a soldier in the 7th Royal Fusiliers which he joined in 1840, aged 18 years. In April 1854 the regiment arrived in the Crimea, the war just having recently broken out. Hughes found himself involved in the siege of Sevastopol. On 7th June during an attack on ‘Quarries’, private Hughes, on two occasions, crossed open ground under heavy enemy fire to bring back much-needed ammunition.

Despite being a short man, just 5 ft in height, private Hughes then went up to the front and brought back private John Hampton, who was severely wounded. For these deeds, Hughes was later awarded the Victoria Cross. His citation mentions a second act of bravery which occurred during the assault on the Redan on 18th June, when he volunteered to bring back Lieutenant Hobson of the 7th Fusiliers who was lying severely wounded. During this act Hughes was wounded in the knee by a shell fragment. In the action on the Redan he was wounded in the foot. Hughes recovered from his wounds and returned to England with the Crimean Medal with three clasps.

Hughes was presented with his Victoria Cross medal by Queen Victoria on 26 June 1857, at the inaugural investiture held in Hyde Park London.

Grave Restoration

Matthew Hughes was buried in Undercliffe Cemetery in Bradford the 1870’s. His grave deteriorated over the years and a new headstone was placed on the position of the original grave at the end of the last century. The Trust found it in a dirty condition, and we have now cleaned it.
In Spring we shall return to carry out some refurbishment work: making the memorial fully upright and positioning it within kerbstones and chippings
Victoria Cross Trust
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