Lloyd Ryder Hughes

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Lloyd Ryder Hughes
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Personal Information
Date of Birth 22 Jul 1907
Place of Birth Albany, Western Australia
Death 10 Jun 1974, aged 66
Place of Death Kelmscott, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 34 years, 6 months
Description 5'8½" (1.74m) tall ; 168lbs
76.203 kg
; fair complexion ; grey eyes ; brown hair
Occupation Accountant
Religion Church of England
Address Clifton street, Kelmscott, Western Australia
Next of Kin Wife , Mrs. Violet Beryl Hughes
Military Information
Reg Number W21616 & 119533
Date of Enlistment 30 Jan 1942 (VDC) & 12 Oct 1942 (RAAF)
Rank Pilot Officer
Unit/Formation No. 45 Operational Base Unit RAAF
Post War Details
Fate Returned to Australia
Medals 1939-45 Star
Pacific Star
Defence Medal
War Medal 1939-45
Australian Service Medal 1939-45

Pre War

During 1912 Lloyd was a student at the Serpentine Primary School. During 1936 Lloyd married Violet (Beryl) Grounds-Weston. (1912 - 2001) Electoral Roll entries: 1931 - 1937 at Albany road, Maddington, clerk.

See Biography below.

War Service

Mobilised into the CMF at Claremont on 30 Jan 1942, he was put on the Reserve on the basis that he was involved in brick making (foreman). He enlisted in the Volunteer Defence Corps at Armadale on 22 Mar 1942 under another Army number (W67643) and was allocated to 'D' Company of the 2nd (Fremantle) VDC Battalion. However, there is nothing in his records to indicate if he attended parades, or when he was discharged to allow him to enlist in the RAAF on 12 Oct 1942 in Melbourne.

Lloyd applied for a Commission in the RAAF Administrative Branch on 16 Jun 1942 and was enlisted as an Aircraftsman on 12 Oct 1942 in Melbourne and sent to the RAAF School of Administration. While Lloyd's records show this as being at RAAF Base Laverton, RAAF records show it to then have been on the campus of Melbourne University in Carlton. On 4 Dec 1942 he was discharged as an Aircraftsman in order to become a Probationary Pilot Officer the following day.

On 14 Dec 1942 Lloyd was posted to HQ North West Area RAAF, then located south of Darwin for Cypher duties, before transferring on 8 Jan 1943 to the newly formed No. 11 Signals Unit RAAF which operated with HQ North West Area. On 5 Jun 1943 Lloyd's rank of Pilot Officer was confirmed, and he spent some time in the No. 1 Medical Receiving Station RAAF from 25 - 29 Aug 1943 and again on 27 Sep 1943 at Coomalie Airstrip. He enjoyed as period of Acting as a Flight Lieutenant from 3 Feb until 7 Apr 1944 during which time he was transferred on 3 Mar 1944 to the No. 55 Operational Base Unit RAAF's Reserve Personnel Pool, and then on 12 Mar 1944 to the No. 5 Embarkation Depot RAAF in Perth.

On 7 Apr 1944 Lloyd was posted to HQ Western Area RAAF, and attended the No. 6 Cypher Course at Point Cook Signals School from 24 Apr to 6 May 1944. On his return to Perth he undertook Cypher duties with No. 5 Personnel Depot RAAF.

On 18 Dec 1944 Lloyd transferred to the Cypher Section of No. 45 Operational Base Unit RAAF in Port Moresby, New Guinea. He was transferred to the No. 1 Reserve Personnel Pool RAAF on 9 Jul 1945 before being returned to Western Australia where he was discharged from the RAAF on 21 Jul 1945 at No. 5 Personnel Depot in order to return to his civilian occupation.

Post War

Electoral Roll entries: 1949 at Albany road, Maddington, clerk; 1954 - 1972 at 158 Clifton street, Kelmscott, Public Accountant; On 17 Sep 1956 Lloyd and 'Beryl' arrived in Fremantle from the UK aboard SS Strathaid, travelling First Class.


Lloyd Ryder Hughes (elder Brother of Miriel Ryder Kent). Lloyd Hughes was born in Albany, Western Australia on 22 Jul 1907. His father, Frank Gilbert Hughes was a school teacher and Lloyd was educated at a series of country schools until he went to Perth Boys School where he won the Bryce Johnson Prize for the most outstanding boy in the school, judged by Masters and boys. He also won a Coombe Scholarship and went to Perth Modern School, where he took his Leaving. He was a school prefect and played in their 'A' Grade cricket and football teams.

After leaving school he joined the State Brickworks at Byford and became a qualified Accountant and Secretary. He was inaugural secretary of the first Byford Show when he was 18 and the Show made a profit. He was to later re-form the Kelmscott Show after it had been defunct for nine years during and after the Depression years with Ten Pounds which the then Member of Parliament Mr R.S Sampson had donated, telling Lloyd "to get the Show going again". This he did, and it was a big financial success. He was the Secretary for five years until he joined the RAAF. Lloyd was a member of the Goolamrup Masonic Lodge Armadale, joining when he was 22. He later became its Worshipful Master and later its Secretary. He also was instrumental in forming the Kelmscott Masonic Lodge where he was Secretary for nine years.

He played League football for Claremont in the WAFL, and 'A' Grade cricket for East Perth for 8 years. He won the Harry Boan Medal for the Fairest and Best footballer in the South Suburban Association in 1925. He later became a League Football Umpire. In addition, he and his brother Kent Hughes were the champion Mens Tennis Doubles players for the South Suburban District. On 2 May 1936 he married Beryl Weston and they built their home at the corner of Clifton and Orlando Streets in Kelmscott, where he lived all his married life. They had two children, Grant Ryder (b. 12 Oct 1940) and Selby.

Returning from the war Lloyd retired from 'A' Grade cricket, but then re-formed and became Captain of the Kelmscott Cricket Club. Lloyd topped the Club and South Suburban batting averages for eight years in succession.

As Secretary of the Kelmscott Show after the war he introduced the Two Day Show and started practice as a Public Accountant in Armadale, remaining in the business until his death. He was also a Justice of the Peace. He was the President of the Armadale Co-Op for a number of years and under him the Co-Op always paid a dividend. Lloyd was Secretary for the Armadale, Kelmscott, and Byford Church of England Parish for a number of years. He became a Life Member of the South Suburban Fruit Growers Association and was their Secretary for 30 years.

He was secretary of the Armadale Kelmscott Memorial Hospital for 17 years, and he drove to Adelaide in 1957 to negotiate the purchase of the land on which the present hospital stands, and with the help of the Hon. G.P Wild, the Liberal Member for the District, was responsible for having the hospital built. Along with Matron Olive Galliers, Lloyd was instrumental in having nurses quarters built. He was also a Foundation Member and Secretary of the Armadale Rotary Club and their fifth President.


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Headstone Information
Date of Birth 22 July 1907
Additional Names Joel Ryder Hughes
Transcription Lloyd Ryder Hughes husband of Beryl father of Joel, Grant and Selby 22 July 1907 - 10 June 1974. "My darling."