I scanned the image and sent it to Donal, in an amazing piece of internet detective work, within 15 minutes he mailed me back with this clear image of the cap badge
and Collar badge.
Now we had enough info to find out who the picture was of. We engaged the British War Records researcher once more and within a few weeks we had our mans war records. Needless to say they raise as many questions as they answer.
Full Name: Private Martin James Hughes
War: World War I, 1914-1918
Serial No.: 40216
Date of Birth: 7/11/1891
Place of Birth: Gardenham, Drumgriffin, Co. Galway, Ireland
Weight: 127 lb
Chest-measurement: Min 31” Max 34”
Vaccination marks: Right Arm
Colour of eyes: Grey
Arrived in New Zealand: 1911
First Known Rank: Private
Place of Enlistment: Appelby, Nelson
Date of Enlistment: 10/11/1916
Occupation before Enlistment: Carpenter
Nationality: New Zealand
Body on Embarkation: New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Embarkation Unit: 23rd Reinforcements Canterbury Infantry Regiment, C Company
Embarkation Date: 2 April 1917
Place of Embarkation: Wellington, New Zealand
Transport: HMNZT 80
Vessel: Corinthic (Ships master was Captain F. Hart)
Destination: Plymouth, England
Date of Disembarkation: 10th June and marched into Camp Sling on the 11th
Left for France: 6/7/1917
Regiment/Service: Canterbury Infantry Regiment, N.Z.E.F.
Unit Text: 2nd Bn. 2nd company
Wounded in Action: 18/8/1917
Place of injury: Loudon/Loudou???
Date of Death: 20/08/1917
Place of Death: No.26 General Hospital Etaples
Cause of Death: Died of wounds received in action (Right Hip, Gas Gangrene)
Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Additional information: Son of Mr. Patrick and Mary Hughes, of Gardenham, Drumgriffin P.O., Co. Galway, Ireland.
Brother of Patrick Hughes, P.O. Waimate , South Canterbury
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead Grave/Memorial Reference: XXII. Q. 20A.
Cemetery: ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY
Commonwealth War Graves details: http://www.cwgc.org/search/certificate.aspx?casualty=498099