An MBE & Long Service Medal Bar to Lieutenant Arthur R. Hughes
An MBE & Long Service Medal Bar to Lieutenant Arthur R. Hughes - Order of the British Empire, Member (un-named); 1915-15 Star (229650. A.R. HUGHES. SH. CPL. 1. R.N.); British War Medal (229650 A.R. HUGHES. SH. CPL.1 R.N.); Victory Medal (229650 A.R. HUGHES. SH. CPL.1 R.N.); Defence Medal (LT. A.R. HUGHES. R.N.); War Medal 1939-1945 (LT. A.R. HUGHES. R.N.); and Royal Naval Long Service and Good Conduct Medal (229650 A.R. HUGHES. R.P.O. 1CL. H.M.S. PEMBROKE.). Naming is officially impressed on the First World War Trio and RNLSGCM and privately engraved on the DM and WM. Court-mounted, original ribbons, better than very fine. Also included is a duotang folder with his military biography and a photograph of H.M.S. Tamar (black and white, 101 mm x 158 mm). Footnote: Arthur Richard Hughes was born on May 6, 1887. His service during the First World War is not known. What is known is that he achieved the ranks of Ships Corporal First Class (c. 1915), Regulating Petty Officer (c. 1920) and Warrant Master At Arms (January 1, 1927). His inter-war service included H.M.S. Pembroke (Royal Navy Barracks at Chatham, c. 1920), H.M.S. Victory (Royal Navy Barracks at Portsmouth, as Chief of Regulating Staff, effective January 17, 1927), H.M.S. Excellent (Gunnery School at Portsmouth, effective June 1930), H.M.S. Tamar (Receiving Ship at Devonport, as Mail Officer, effective November 1, 1932) and H.M.S. Vernon (Torpedo School & Experimental Establishment at Portsmouth, effective May 8, 1935). He became a Commissioned Master At Arms (April 26, 1936) and then Lieutenant At Arms (October 26, 1936), the only person of the latter rank in the pre-Second World War Royal Navy. Hughes was awarded the Order of the British Empire, Member in April 1937 upon retirement. Two years later, Hughes was recalled for Second World War service in September 1939 upon the outbreak of hostilities, with his service limited to shore establishments. He retired from service for the second and final time in 1945, and died in 1956, at the age of 69.