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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Taranaki, Hawke's Bay & Wellington Provincial Districts]

Captain John Gethin Hughes

Captain John Gethin Hughes, D.S.O., Inspecting Officer of the Defence Cadet Rifle Volunteers and Defence Rifle Clubs, was formerly adjutant of the 3rd (East Coast) Battalion of Volunteers, Wellington District. He joined the volunteers at Timaru, in 1885, as a gunner in C Battery of New Zealand Artillery, and resigned in the year 1887, with the rank of corporal. In 1891 he joined the F Battery, Napier, and rose to the rank of lieutenant in 1895, and captain in 1897. The Battery was merged into an infantry company in 1897, and is now (1906) known as the Napier Guards. On the formation of the 3rd Battalion of the Wellington District, in 1898, Captain Hughes received the appointment of adjutant. He served with distinction in the war in South Africa, where he gained the Distinguished Service Order. Captain Hughes has always taken a keen interest in athletics, and has played for the province at football, has rowed in the Napier Rowing Club's representative crew several times, besides holding the Gollan Challenge Sculls. He is also a cricketer, polo, golf, and tennis player, and is generally active in all public movements.