Thomas Griffiths Hughes was born in Stoke Newington on 8th October, 1880, the fifth of six children born to Margaret and John Hughes. His father had been a blacksmith in Flintshire, Wales. The family moved to London in around 1870 and John Hughes found work making iron-railings.
After leaving school Tom Hughes found work as a mercantile clerk. He married Elizabeth Ellen Kershaw, a lady's maid, in 1917. The couple had three children: Muriel Hughes (29th July, 1914), Jack Hughes (11th March, 1920) and Stella Hughes (5th June, 1926).
During the First World War Hughes served in the Royal Army Medical Corps. The RAMC operated the army's medical units and provided medical detachments for the infantry, artillery and other military units. It is believed he was based in Cannock Chase, Staffordshire. According to his wife, he spent much of the time in an isolation ward because it was discovered that he was a diphtheria carrier.
Thomas Griffiths Hughes died on 12th January 1954.