Sadly, we know very little about the life of Eric James Walrond Hughes. He was born on 25th Februrary, 1892, the only son of the Rev. James Hughes, LL.D., Vicar of St. John with St. Paul, Battersea and Ethelhina Walrond, daughter of Francis Walrond Middleton Abadam, of Middleton Hall, co. Carmarthen. He joined Riguad’s House in January 1903 and left the school in July 1907. He then became a clerk in the office of the Asiatic Petroleum Company and was sent to Hankow (now romanised as Hankou), China in 1912.
He returned home in 1915 to enlist and initially served as a Lieutenant in the 4th Battalion of the Sherwood Foresters, going out to the Western Front in February 1916. He was made an acting Captain in July 1917 and commanded the 154th Machine Gun Company. He was killed in action at Poelcapelle, Flanders on 20th September. He died unmarried.