Kim Hughes (GC)

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Kim Hughes
Born 1979 (age 37–38)
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Years of service 1997 – present
Rank Warrant Officer Class 1
Unit 11 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Regiment RLC
Battles/wars War in Afghanistan
Iraq War
Awards George 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
QEII Diamond Jubilee Medal ribbon.png Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal 2012
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"

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