Topic: Edward Leslie Hughes
Edward Leslie Hughes was born in Christchurch in 1886. He trained as an engineer. However , he later served on the Western Front during World War I, as a sapper in the 18th N.Z. reinforcements. He was involved action in Messines and Etaples. Early January 1918 he was hospitalised and sent to England to recuperate and eventually to New Zealand, where he was discharged in September 1918.
He married Olive Frances Price in June 1924 and farmed at Hillfoot, Oakura. He died 14 dec.1965, aged 79 years and is buried at the Returned Services Graves, Te Henui Cemetery, New Plymouth.
Several items associated with his life as a retuning WWI soldier are held in the Puke Ariki Archives Collection. These images represent some of these items.