A Second War O.B.E. group of seven awarded to Commander H. S. Pugh, Royal Navy, for services in H.M.S. Rodney 1942-43, including escorting the ‘Pedestal’ convoy to Malta in August 1942
The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, O.B.E. (Military) Officer’s 2nd type breast badge, gilt mostly worn off; British War and Victory Medals (Mid. H. S. Pugh. R.N.); 1939-45 Star; Atlantic Star; Africa Star, 1 clasp, North Africa 1942-43; War Medal 1939-45, mounted as worn, nearly very fine (7) £300-£400
O.B.E. London Gazette 1 January 1944: ‘Commander (Retd.) Hugh Smith Pugh, H.M.S. Rodney.’
Hugh Smith Pugh was appointed Midshipman in the Royal Navy on 1 February 1918, and joined H.M.S. Monarch later the same month. He was promoted Sub-Lieutenant in July 1919, Lieutenant in February 1921, and Lieutenant -Commander in February 1929. He retired at his own request on 23 December 1930, but was recalled in 1939 and appointed as Commander (Retd.) to H.M.S. Hawkins, 3 October 1939; to Rodney, 7 January 1942; to Vulture, 16 December 1943; and to Warren, 16 January 1945.