Charles Richard Vernon Pugh (Royal Navy officer)

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Charles Richard Vernon Pugh
Born8 January 1903
Died12 September 1979[1]
Falmouth, Cornwall
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch United Kingdom Navy
Commands heldHMS Defender
HMS Ravager
Battles/warsSecond World War
AwardsCommander of the Order of the British Empire[2]

Captain Charles Richard Vernon Pugh, C.B.E. (8 January 1903 – 12 September 1979) served in the Royal Navy.

Early life

Charles Richard Vernon (Dick) Pugh was one of seven children of Charles Vernon Pugh and Frances Mary Pugh (nee Smith).[3]

Naval career

Pugh entered the Royal Navy as a Midshipman in 1921.[4]

He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 15 August, 1925.

On 3 October 1931 a single-engine Simmonds Spartan G-AAML light aircraft piloted by Lieutenant Pugh crashed into a tree on final approach at Croydon Airport in Surrey, England. Pugh was slightly injured while his passenger Miss Inez Alston, his fiancée aged 24, was killed.

Pugh was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Commander on 15 August, 1933 and to Commander on 30 June, 1939.

He was promoted to the rank of Captain on 30 June, 1944 and appointed commanding officer of the Escourt carrier HMS Ravager on 23 October 1945.[5]

On 11 December 1945 he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire.[2]

He was lent to the Royal New Zealand Navy and appointed as Naval Officer-in-Charge, Auckland, and Captain Superintendent, Auckland on 19 June 1946.[6]

Pugh retired from the Royal Navy on 30 January, 1951.[5]


  1. "Accidents 1931". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 14 October 2023.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Commander of the Order of the British Empire" (PDF). The London Gazette. Supplement to (37380). 7 December 1945. Retrieved 14 October 2023.
  3. "Family trees related to Charles Pugh". Retrieved 14 October 2023.
  4. "Simmonds Spartan (G-AAML) crash at Croydon, 1931". South-East History Boards. Retrieved 14 October 2023.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Allied Warship Commanders". Retrieved 14 October 2023.
  6. "Appointments to Royal New Zealand Navy" (PDF). New Zealand Gazette. Supplement to. 15 August 1946. Retrieved 14 October 2023.

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