Blackheath FC Archivists Mandy Allen and Peter Brown, accompanied by Past President Des Diamond and President Dr Alan Thompson, visited the Museum of Military Medicine at Aldershot last weekend to present a portrait of Brigadier Hughie Glyn Hughes to the museum.
Brigadier Glyn Hughes was President of Blackheath FC from 1930-1955 and again from 1971-1972. He was also President of The Barbarians from 1955 until his death in 1973. He trained as a Doctor at University College Hospital and served in WW1 where he was decorated with numerous awards for gallantry including the DSO and bar, the MC and the Croix de Guerre. Hughie re-joined The Army in WW2, being promoted to Brigadier, and led the British Troops who liberated Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in April 1945. He was awarded a CBE in 1945. He was clearly a remarkable man.
The portrait had been displayed in The Tucker Bar at The Rectory Field for many years, and it now joins a collection of Brigadier Glyn Hughes’ memorabilia held at the museum, including his medals and The Red Book from his appearance on This is Your Life in 1959. In attendance at the presentation were Jason Semmens, Director of the Museum and Hughie’s grandson Simon Hill along with some of Hughie’s great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
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