George Leonard Hughes
Pte 10572884 - Royal Army Ordnance Corps
attd. 1 Docks Operating Group, Royal Engineers
Date of Death 17 June 1943 : Aged 31
Brookwood Memorial - Panel 19, Col 2.
A lost son of Charles and Sarah Hughes of Sutton-in-Ashfield, truly deserves greater local recognition, especially because medals are later issued Mrs S Hughes addressed 38 Carnarvon Grove, Huthwaite.
Private George Hughes can now be found given roll of honour in Surrey, where a Brookwood Memorial offered later recognition for almost 3,500 more lost souls, many without graves. Given date furthermore reveals cause and reason for a long delay before confirming another 450 troops alongside 29 crew had likewise been killed. Two torpedoes quickly sank the transportation ship SS Yoma., which was mainly carrying engineers from Algeria to Alexandria. Some were saved to recall the horrific u-boat attack from which only a few bodies were ever recovered. This extended hopes of later finding others alive, but gave no proof for many families to accept the eventual official notice. Timing could be why George Leonard was missed from either the Huthwaite or Sutton Roll of Honour, if any family lived to pass surname on.
Mike Cook found these medals passed down through family, although recipient was no direct relation. He invited interest from any potential rightful heirs, prompting above research into discovery of Private Hughes being a local, yet previously unrecognised name missed off any Ashfield Roll of Honour. It may only prove Mrs S Hughes to be mother Sarah, who lastly passed on these treasured momentos to a friend. But offer stands in case George had been wed with children, or claimed by branched relations.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission Confirms full name relating local connections.
Written 07 May 15 Revised 07 May 15 © by Gary Elliott