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  • Name: Joseph HUGHES
  • D.O.B: 1st Sep, 1926
  • D.O.A: 21st Mar, 1946
  • D.O.D: 21st Mar, 1947
  • Award: George Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Driver, Royal Army Service Corps
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Lyemun Barracks, Hong Kong 21 March 1946

21 March 1946

On 21 March 1946 an ammunition lorry caught fire at Lyemun Barracks, Chai Wan in the north-east of Hong Kong Island, opposite the Lyemun Passage at the eastern entrance of Victoria Harbour.


 On 21st March, 1946 at LYEMUN BARRACKS, HONG KONG Driver HUGHES was driving a 3 ton vehicle carrying ammunition and explosives into the magazine at LYEMUN BARRACKS. As his vehicle was entering the magazine area it started to smoulder and then caught fire. Knowing full well that his vehicle was likely to blow up at any moment, Driver HUGHES, instead of running for safety, did everything in his power to put out the fire. Notwithstanding small explosions occurring in his vehicle, he first tried to remove the burning camouflage net. He then tried fire extinguishers which failed. A few minutes later his lorry blew up fatally injuring him. By his action the explosion was delayed and warning was given to troops in the locality who were able to take cover. Accordingly casualties which might have been heavy, were negligible, except for Driver HUGHES’ fatal injury. Driver HUGHES’s courage in remaining at his task, thereby attempting to minimise the danger to others when he could have run to safety, was an outstanding example of devotion to duty. 

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