This is one of a series of posts to mark the international Rugby players who died during The Great War. If anyone has further information on the men concerned, I’d be most grateful if it could be added to the thread. Gareth Hughes, Bryan Desmond MC played for Australia Internationals: 2 : 1913 NZ- NZ+ (2c) Bryan Hughes was born in Sydney in 1887, son of Mr & Mrs John Hughes MLC. Played as a Prop/hooker for North Sydney, NSW. Profession: Clerk Remarks: An outstanding goal kicker, he converted two goals in Australia’s 1913 victory over New Zealand. Brother of James Hughes (2 caps for Australia in 1907). He played for NSW 3 times. War Service: Captain, 1st Battalion, Royal Dublin Fusiliers, 86th Brigade, 29th Division. Temporary Second Lieutenant, 8th Battalion, 48th Brigade, 16th (Irish) Division, in 1916. MC Gazetted 24 June 1916: “For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. Though severely wounded, he organised the battalion bombers and led them against the enemy, who had penetrated a portion of the front line. It was largely owing to his personal example and good leadership that the enemy were driven out.” He was killed in action on 6 August 1918, and is buried in Borre British Cemetery, Nord, France [Grave II. G. 2].