Timothy HUGHES OBE, MM

HUGHES, Timothy

Service Number: SX1570
Enlisted: 4 December 1939, Adelaide, SA
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 2nd/10th Infantry Battalion
Born: Point Pearce, South Australia, 28 April 1919
Home Town: Point Pearce, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Coronary Occlusion, Ardrossan, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia, 1 April 1976, aged 56 years
Cemetery: Centennial Park Cemetery, South Australia
Memorials: Point Pearce Memorial and Flagpoles to Narungga Men and Women, Point Pearce Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

4 Dec 1939: Involvement Corporal, SN SX1570, 2nd/10th Infantry Battalion
4 Dec 1939: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Corporal, SN SX1570, 2nd/10th Infantry Battalion
4 Dec 1939: Enlisted 2nd AIF WW 2, Adelaide, South Australia
4 Dec 1939: Enlisted Adelaide, SA
5 Sep 1945: Discharged
5 Sep 1945: Discharged 2nd AIF WW 2
Date unknown: Honoured Military Medal
Date unknown: Honoured Military Medal

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Biography

Tim Hughes was a Narangga Kaurna Aboriginal man from Point Pearce, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia. He enlisted in December 1939, posted to the 2/10th Infantry Battalion. He served throughout the duration of WW2 including Defence of England, Siege of Tobruk and the Pacific Campaign. He was awarded the Military Medal for bravery fighting the Japanese at Buna Airstrip, New Guinea on 26/12/1942. Shortly afterwards he was wounded at Sanananda.

Citation: SX1570 – Private Timothy HUGHES – 2/10 Australian Infantry Battalion, is approved for the award of the Military Medal for conspicuous gallantry and bravery during Buna Aerodrome action.

At 0700 hours 26 December 1942 No. 9 Platoon, A Company 2/10 Battalion reached its objective in the centre of Buna Strip and came under heavy enemy machine gun fire from both sides of the strip and from machine gun posts south and east of Dispersal Bay. The Platoon was definitely pinned down. To allow the Platoon to dig in, Private Hughes volunteered to climb on top of the Dispersal Bay under concentrated fire from three directions. From this position he engaged two of the enemy posts with grenades. Private Hughes returned for a Thompson sub-machine gun and from his position on the Dispersal Bay gave covering fire while his Platoon moved into cover. During the period his Platoon was consolidating he made three separate sorties with grenades and Thompson sub-machine gun. Private Hughes showed remarkable bravery, exceptional coolness and initiative. His total disregard for his own safety set a fine example throughout the Platoon and also throughout the Company.

In June 1970 Tim Hughes was awarded a Member of the British Empire (Civil) for service as Chairman of the SA Aboriginal Lands Trust.

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