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Brigadier Bugs Hughes


Bugs Hughes was CO of 1 Regt Oman Artillery in the closing stages of the Dhofar War – he arrived in late Dec 1974 just before Operation DARAB in Jan 1975 and commanded the Gunners throughout the operations in 1975, which ultimately led to the declaration of the end of the war in January 1976. He remained in Oman until March 1977. After Oman he refused an MOD appointment and instead elected to go as DS to the Sudanese Staff College, subsequently commanding the whole UK BATT there as a Col. After Sudan he commanded Victory College at Sandhurst, was the Regimental Colonel RA, and later was Chief of Personnel of the UN Force in the Sinai. He finished his service as a Brigadier commanding the RA Range in the Hebrides. He retired in 1990 and devoted much of his time in retirement to the charity Sailing for the Blind.

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