According to his attestation papers dated February 7, 1916 at Toronto, Chester Arthur Hughes, Mimico Beach, was born on September 20, 1895 in Toronto. He listed his father Chester M. Hughes, Mimico Beach as his next of kin. He was a student at S.P.S. and had 2 years military experience with the C.O.T.C. (Canadian Officers’ Training Corps). He was 20 years and 4 months of age and stood 5 feet 11 inches in height. He had blue eyes, auburn hair and fresh complexion. He had a scar on his left shin. He was a member of the Church of England.
According to the 1911 census he was actually born in August 1892 and so was older than he indicated.
In the 1921 Toronto City directory his father Chester M. Hughes is listed as living on the south side of the Lakeshore Road, Mimico.
The following entry appears in the University of Toronto Roll of Service 1914-1918:
Hughes, Chester Arthur; Applied Science 1917, (b.a.sc. 1920); c.o.t.c.
47th Bty., C.F.A., Gnr., Feb. 1916; Bdr.; 80th Bty.; 54th Bty.; France, Mar. 1917, nth Bty.; Sergt.; Viniy, Passchendaele; Wounded, Passchendaele, Oct. 26, 19 17; C.C.D., Bramshott; Can. School of Gunnery, Witley, Instr.; Northern European Ex. F., c.F., Sergt., Sept. 1918; Mil. Medal, Archangel, gaz. Sept. 1919.
Interestingly, he appears to have been involved in the Russian Civil War between the Reds and the Whites.