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HUGHES , EDWARD ( 1856 - 1925 ), general secretary and agent of the North Wales Miners Association ;

b. 22 March 1856 at Trelogan, Flints. , son of Hugh and Maria Hughes of Ffordd Faen , Trelogan . His father was an agricultural labourer . He spent three years at a village school at Trelogan . In 1863 , at the age of seven, he began working in the washings at Trelogan mines ; at the age of twelve he went to the old Mostyn Quay colliery to work for his brother. Later he obtained work at Hanmer colliery , Mostyn . At nineteen he walked to Liverpool in order to get a train to the Durham coalfield where he obtained employment at Easington colliery . In 1877 he was m. at Easington to Elizabeth , daughter of William and Sarah Hughes , of Lloc , in the parish of Whitford, Flints. ; they had one son and two daughters. Whilst he was working at Easington , a general strike occurred in the county of Durham ; Hughes took a prominent part in the dispute as a leader of the miners. In 1887 he returned to Trelogan , and worked on the coal-face at Point of Ayr colliery until Nov. 1888 when, after successfully leading a three weeks’ strike , he was appointed first checkweigher . In 1891 he was chosen financial secretary of the Denbighshire and Flintshire Miners Association . In 1897 he became general secretary of the North Wales Miners’ Association . On 15 Aug. 1898 he was elected permanent agent and secretary of the North Wales Miners Association . In 1899 he removed to Wrexham ; during the twenty-seven years he was in office as miners’ agent , the members of the North Wales Association grew from 2,732 to 15,229; and he was elected a member of the Executive of the Miners Federation of Great Britain . Hughes was elected a member of Denbighshire County Council for Stansty in 1901 , and from 1907 to 1918 was a county alderman . He d. on 10 March 1925 at Wrexham , leaving a widow and three children.

Sources:

  • Wrexham Advertiser and The Wrexham Leader , 13 March 1925 ;
  • Reports of the North Wales Miners Association , 1925 , 1925 ;
  • G. G. Lerry , The Collieries of Denbighshire-past and present, etc , Wrexham & Oswestry, 1946 .

Author:

George Geoffrey Lerry, Wrexham

Published date: 1959