Hugh was born at Shillang, Assam, India on October 15, 1916.
He graduated with a B.Sc. from Cardiff University. He was playing cricket for Whitbreadís Brewery at Malden Surrey, when was broke out.
He enlisted in the RAFVR on September 3, 1939.
He went to Blackpool to get his shots, then to Wroughton to serve as an AC2. Posted to Debden during the height of the Battle of Britain. In October 1940, posted to Stratford on Avon then to #15 I.T.W. in Scarborough ,Yorkshire. (To avoid PT on Saturday, I told the Flight Sergeant in charge that I played golf. He sent me to Scawby Mills Road Golf Club where I was teamed up by the Pro with a senior gentleman with thick glasses who proceeded to par almost every hole, whilst I blundered my way around with profuse aplogies. Back at the station, in the Alexandra Hotel, Scarborough, I saw on DROs a notice asking that any cadet wishing to train in the USA report to the officer I/C Training. I went in saluted smartly, and met Squadron Leader Leonard Crawley, my one-time golfing partner and amateur champion of England. I was posted to Miami with 47 others for navigation instruction from Pan American Airways staff.)
July 4, 1941 Miami where Hugh had a super astro navigation course. Then to Dumfries for bombing and gunnery on Fairey Battles. Posted to #3 Operational Training Unit at Cramwell where he teamed up with Peter Clarke and Bill Scott, pilots, Tich Cartmel, Joe Cummings, radar operator and Bill Ford, wireless operator. We trained on Wellingtons equipped with ASV.
Hugh was demobbed in March 1946 and sailed to Canada shortly after. He states that he was one of the lucky ones who survived and that he shall never forget those who didnít : Bob Fraser and crew, Doug Theaker, who was shot down over his own base Oulton by a JU 88, and the others. January 11, 2002