Francis Charles Hughes was born at Earls Croome, Worcestershire in 1882. His father Edward was a butcher. By 1901 at the age of 18 he was living with and working for Francis Somers, a butcher in Queen Street Droitwich.
Here he met Gertrude Lily Everton daughter of Thomas and Alice Everton who lived in Hanbury Street. Thomas was a coal merchant and canal toll collector.
Francis married Gertrude in 1903. Francis was a master butcher. By 1905 they were renting from the Droitwich Salt Union Limited 20 AND 22 HIGH STREETwhere Francis opened a butcher's shop in No 20 and Gertrude opened a drapery shop in No 22. In 1906 they were expecting an addition to the family. She had a baby son, Francis Edward . Sadly he died in July 1906. Gertrude also died on 31 August 1906, aged 22, from heart disease. She was interred in the graveyard at St Mary Witton.
Gertrude had an older sister, Alice Edith Everton. Francis and Alice were married in 1909. Alice continued the drapery business at 22 HIGH STREET