Other names: Hugh Eric
Locations in this story: Shaftesbury, DorsetBournemouth, HampshireTottenham, MiddlesexFinsbury, London
Story: Hugh Eric Powell was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 12 Apr 1893 and baptised at Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury, on 11 May 1893 the son of Francis Powell (a local Draper) and Rosa Powell (nee Whitby). He spent his early life over the shop premises at 28 & 30 High Street, Shaftesbury, until he moved to Bournemouth, Hampshire, and boarded with one of his brothers whilst a Student. He enlisted with the Royal Air Force on 4 Sep 1918 and served in the UK only with the rank of Aircraftsman Class 2 (Service No. 291859). He was employed as a Stores Clerk and was discharged on 27 Dec 1919. No medal records have been found. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living with another brother at 75 Chesterfield Road, Tottenham, Middlesex, still single and working as a Post Office Sorter. His death was recorded at the Finsbury, London, Registry, in 1955. Only one other of his brothers served, Joseph Henry Powell, who was regrettably killed in action.