Edward A M Hughes (OH 1954 - 1957)
30/04/2013
NB> This is an interim report – More details awaited from members of the Hughes family as to date of passing, his funeral, tributes and subsequent memorial service details etc.,

It was with sadness that the Club learned of the death of Edward Hughes after a battle with cancer. He had suffered with myeloma, a disease which left him in much pain in recent months meaning that he was severely confined to the house.

As at the time of publishing this piece, the Club does not have much information about his career and later life in retirement. However, we do know that he was very keen on motor racing and had latterly worked for the Colt Car Company, a Private Limited Company based near Cirencester, Gloucestershire. He lived with his wife in Cricklade, Wiltshire and leaves behind two children plus several grandchildren.

Edward joined HCS in the autumn of 1954 directly from Selwyn House Preparatory School in Tenby, Wales. SHPS had become a Welsh feeder school for boys whose parents had wanted to send their sons on to Hereford Cathedral School. As a result, Ted entered School House as a boarder along with several of his former Selwyn contemporaries.

Whilst at school he continued to maintain that strong sporting prowess that he had gained at his prep. school, becoming fully involved in all outside activities as well as in the gymnasium.

Apart from being a member of the HCS Boat Club rowing at No.3 for the coxed 1st IV behind much taller crew members, he was also selected to play for the HCS 1st XV during the 1956/57 season. Because of his height, Coach Bernie Edwards had positioned him as Hooker in what was in those days a very strong pack.

In the May 1957 edition of The Herefordian (Nbr CLXXXXV) his 1st XV skipper Alick Rowe wrote of Ted - “A good little hooker with a lot to learn. He has a disadvantage in his size but generally manages to be sufficiently ferocious. His most useful and disconcerting asset is his intense keenness for the game”

He joined the CCF and became a Corporal, achieving his Cert ‘A’ classification as a signaller. Among many other extra-curricular activities he was a member of the Dramatic Society. On leaving school Ted joined the Royal Air Force.

A memorial service was held in his local church at which several eulogies were delivered, including one from his HCS contemporary Barry Williams. Another contemporary but from Deanery, Patrick Lynch (OH ’54 – ’59) emigrated to Australia after leaving HCS. When he received the news down under of Ted’s demise, he wrote the following in an e-mail to the Club:

“I thought I would add a word about Ted Hughes because he was very kind to me when I was a new boy in 1954.

I remember when we were jointly challenging for a spot in the Dickie Thomas Colts XV. I recall Coach Danny Rumsey conducting tackling practice. Ted and I, who were a bit smaller than most of the team, shared the terror of having to face and be trampled by the powerful and much larger, red headed, B.P. Rogers.

Even though Ted and I were rivals from different boarding houses, we frequently used to cycle down to Wyeside together. I also remember him talking about his fathers’ career in the RAF, of whom he was clearly very proud.”

Prepared by: PFB on 10th May 2013
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