Robert.C.Hughes. 1922-2015

President of the KHA 2008-2015

I have the privilege to collate a tribute to all those who knew Robert C Hughes, known affectionately as " Bob" Hughes, who came to Kingham-Hill School in 1930 as an eight year old, but dedicated his whole life after the second world war to the Kingham Hill Association in many ways.

Simon Briggs who knew Bob over 60 years has kindly helped me to give a valuable insight into Bob's life.

Bob was born in 1922 and was one of seven siblings, three of whom attended KHS.He arrived at KHS in 1930 at the young age of eight.

He went in the junior house Plymouth and to Bradford as a senior, he then moved to Stratford to complete his apprenticeship as a carpenter, under the guidance of Mr Mickey in the school workshops. He showed great prowess both in cricket and football. He remained at KHS learning the trade as a carpenter until the outbreak of the 2nd World War.

Bob joined the Royal Marines and served throughout the war applying his skills as a carpenter. He served in the Med and Italy returning at the end of the war to settle in Dulwhich SE London.

Throughout his life he remain a prime instigator of many KHOBA events, both at the Hill and in London. Each Whitsun Reunion, he was very much involved in organising the Annual meeting "Meeting of the Clans" as it was known. He became great friends with Reg Durrant and his wife with whom they stayed at their house in Kingham village on his many visits to KHS.

Bob was one of the original committee members and knew the founders brother. He and his wife Sylvia spent many hours producing the first productions of the KHOAB magazine, ensuring that pupils down the years were kept in touch with the Hill.

One cannot but admire the selfless time he and his family gave to the school. People who knew him well, said his was a mild man with a strong Christian faith, always kind and had time for people.

Over the past eight years through ill health Bob always looked forward to Sylvia visiting him in care and hearing of news from the KHA. He displayed throughout his life a devoted love of KHS and the founder's vision.

We are thankful and will always remember "Bob" Hughes.

Many Thanks to Simon Briggs, Leo Smith and his brother John in helping me to collate this tribute to Bob

Ken Wingfield MBE KH Sec

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