Maj. Gen. John "Jack" Hughes (1849-1932)
The Sash Our Forefathers Wore
John "Jack" Hughes was born on December 18th, 1849 in Whitby, Upper Canada (Ontario) to parents John Hughes and Caroline Laughlin.
Jack married Elizabeth Ferguson on March 17th 1870 in Peterborough Ontario.
He operated a general store and was postmaster at Newtonville, Ontario but it was the military and Orangeism that were to be the major interests in his life.
Jack took part in the North West Rebellion of 1885 with the 45th Regiment of Durham County and he later rose to the rank of Major General in the Canadian Militia. During World War 1 he was the Commanding Officer of Camp Valcartier in Quebec which was the staging area for troops going overseas.
Jack was a member of Newcastle Loyal Orange Lodge No. 311 in Newcastle, Ontario and in 1911 he was elected to the position of Provincial Grand Master of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ontario East.
Jack passed away in Bowmanville on April 13th, 1932 and was laid to rest in Orono Cemetery in Orono, Ontario.