DALTON, Hugh Pte. 16060

Hugh Dalton

Hugh Dalton

Hugh Dalton was born in Croston, near Chorley on the 27th January 1890, the son of William and Mary; they had five children.

He enlisted in the Pals on the 26th September 1914, giving his address at 7 Church Street, Croston and working for his father who was a Blacksmith in the village; he worshipped at St. Mary’s in Croston.

Hugh Dalton came through the Somme battle in 1916 unscathed, only to contract Nephritis (a kidney infection) at Bethune in January 1917. He was admitted to 94 Field Ambulance and then the 1st Canadian General Hospital at Etaples on the 29th January 1917. He was shipped back to the U.K. for treatment, spending nearly three months at the 1st / 5th General Hospital in Leicester; he then spent a week convalescing at a hospital in Ashton-in-Makerfield, near Wigan at the start of May.

Hugh was eventually discharged from the Army on the 16th November 1917, giving his address as the Black Bull Hotel in Horwich. His record showed that he was awarded a pension of 8/- (eight shillings [40p]) a week for a year at the end of 1919.

In 1920, he married Mary Bromley in Bolton; Hugh Dalton died in 1963.