Kim Hughes (British Army soldier)

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Kim Hughes
Born1979 (age 39–40)
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Service/branchBritish Army
Years of service1997 – present
RankWarrant Officer Class 1
Unit11 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Regiment RLC
Battles/warsWar in Afghanistan
Iraq War
AwardsGeorge Cross

Warrant Officer Class 1 Kim Spencer Hughes, GC (born 12 September 1979) is a British Army bomb disposal expert (Ammunition Technician) who was awarded the George Cross as a staff sergeant for gallant acts carried out in the Afghanistan conflict. Hughes made safe over 80 improvised explosive devices on his tour of Afghanistan.[1] The citation was presented to Hughes by the Chief of the Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Jock Stirrup on 18 March 2010 in a ceremony in the City of London. The posthumous award of the GC to Staff Sergeant Olaf Schmid was announced at the same time. The awarded was gazetted on 19 March 2010.[2]

His citation states that he carried out "the single most outstanding act of explosive ordnance disposal ever recorded in Afghanistan".[2]

Early life[edit]

Hughes was born in Germany, where his father was serving in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, and returned to England in 1985. He lived in Weston-super-Mare until 1988 when he moved to Telford.[3] There he was educated at Thomas Telford School.[4]

Medals[edit]

Kim Hughes has received the following medals:[5]


UK George Cross ribbon.svg
General Service Medal 1962 BAR.svg NATO Medal Yugoslavia ribbon bar.svg Iraq Medal BAR.svg OSM for Afghanistan w bar.svg
Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal ribbon.png QEII Diamond Jubilee Medal ribbon.png Accumulated Campaign Service Medal 2011 BAR.svg Long Service and Good Conduct Medal (UK) ribbon.PNG

Ribbon Description Notes
UK George Cross ribbon.svg George Cross (GC)
  • 19 March 2010
General Service Medal 1962 BAR.svg General Service Medal (1962)
  • With Northern Ireland Clasp
NATO Medal Yugoslavia ribbon bar.svg NATO Medal
  • With Yugoslavia Clasp and Rotation Numeral '2'
Iraq Medal BAR.svg Iraq Medal
OSM for Afghanistan w bar.svg Operational Service Medal for Afghanistan
  • With Afghanistan Clasp
Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal ribbon.png Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal
  • 2002
  • UK Version of this Medal
QEII Diamond Jubilee Medal ribbon.png Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal
  • 2012
  • UK Version of this Medal
Accumulated Campaign Service Medal 2011 BAR.svg Accumulated Campaign Service Medal
Long Service and Good Conduct Medal (UK) ribbon.PNG Long Service and Good Conduct Medal
  • With Clasp "REGULAR ARMY"

Appearances[edit]

Because Hughes makes appearances in behalf of the Ministry of Defence he is expected to appear in appropriate uniform, such as mess dress and service dress. Hughes was featured on UK television during the process of creating these uniforms.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "George Cross for Army Afghanistan bomb heroes". BBC. 18 March 2010. Retrieved 18 March 2010.
  2. ^ a b "No. 59365". The London Gazette (Supplement). 19 March 2010. pp. 4831–4832.
  3. ^ Shropshire Star, 19 March 2010
  4. ^ "Former school honours George Cross hero, WO Kim Hughes". BBC News. 18 September 2012. Retrieved 12 June 2013.
  5. ^ "Cpl. WOII Kim Hughes GC attends an afternoon tea reception for members of the Victoria Cross and George Cross Association Hosted by Prince Charles, Prince of Wales at St James Palace on October 27, 2014 in London, England". Getty Images. Retrieved 24 June 2015.
  6. ^ "Behind The Uniform: Making The British Military Look Impeccable". Youtube video: Forces TV. 21 November 2017.