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Latest News 28 February 2023

“He is still my hero” - Army veteran Griff Hughes


Avis Hughes Letter
Griff during his time in the forces

This is my husband’s story, which I thought would be fitting to record as he reached his 90th birthday last December.

Conscripted into the Army in 1950, Griff served in Malaya during the uprising where his right leg was severely wounded.


The Iban tracker who was with the platoon was wounded in his thigh and wrist but stayed with Griff and together they managed to fight off the bandits for which tracker Awang received the George Cross.

The two men did not meet again until 1997. Griff had to have his right leg amputated at the military hospital in London.

I met Griff in 1958, and we married in 1959. We celebrated 63 years of happy marriage in March. 

We recently had a stairlift fitted through Blesma, as Griff has had a few falls and has been unable to wear his prosthesis. After all these years, he is still my hero and that of our two sons and their families.

Avis Hughes Letter (2) (1)
The couple recently celebrated 63 years of marriage!

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