He must have recovered from these wounds and was sent back yet again to the Front. His medal card details read Grenadier Guards Regiment No. 17958, Private, Royal Engineers WR/273095,Royal Engineers 276042 both Sapper.It gives his medal details RE/102 B36 Page 4002 (twice) and Star (15) RE159 page 197. He entered France on 16.3.1915.
It is believed that Hugh transferred to the RE in mid 1916 - first to the Waterways/ Railways section of the RE and then to the Light Railways section shortly afterwards which may account for the two RE numbers less than three thousand apart. It was, however, definitely before February 1917.
Hugh was born in Sheffield on 9.February.1892. He was home on furlough on 18.8.1918 when he got married.
A basic outline of the Guards Division can be found here: http://www.1914-1918.net/gdiv.htm
First name(s) Hugh
Last name Dronfield
Relationship to household head Son
Marital condition Single Gender Male
Age 19 Birth year 1892
Birth place Yorkshire Sheffield
Occupation Shaping And Planning Machine Hand
Address 103 School Road Sheffield
Parish Ecclesall County Yorkshire, Yorkshire (West Riding) Country England
Registration district Bierlow
Registration district number 509
Subdistrict Ecclesall West Central Subdistrict number 2
Enumeration district 17 Piece number 27737 Piece Number Suffix -
Schedule number 200 Schedule Suffix -
Census reference RG14PN27737 RG78PN1588 RD509 SD2 ED17 SN200
Record set 1911 Census for England & Wales
Category Census, land & surveys
Collections from Great Britain
His next door nieghbour in Spring Hill Billie Thomas did not return from the war. He was killed on 7thOctober 1916 and is honoured on the Thiepval Memorial