Born: 5th September 1917, Watrous, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Died: 3rd April 1941; age: 23; died from exposure & cold in the sea.

Joined the R.A.F. in April 1938 on a short service commission.


Rank: Flight Lieutenant/Pilot; Service Number: 40682.

Regiment: Royal Air Force, 242 Squadron.


Medals Awarded: Distinguished Flying Cross – 12th December 1940 – Awarded for gallantry in operations against the enemy. The officer during operations from Duxford has destroyed five enemy aircraft, and probably destroyed another two. He has, on all occasions, shown the greatest coolness to engage the enemy, and has a fine example to his section. Gazetted 7th January 1941. Hugh was killed two days after receiving the D.F.C. from the King.


Grave Reference:


Ipswich Old Cemetery,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Norman & Ethel Mary Tamblyn, of North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Canada.




1921   Alameda Town, Assiniboia, Saskatchewan, Canada.


Hugh was 3 years old and living with his parents & brother.

Norman Tamblyn, 35, a Bank Manager, born Ladock, Cornwall, England.

Ethel Mary Tamblyn (nee McLeod), 26, born Saskatchewan.

Glen Owen Tamblyn, 2, born Saskatchewan.

The Tamblyn family were Presbyterian.


Hugh’s father, Norman Tamblyn arrived at Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada on the 6th April 1907, sailing on the S.S. ‘Virginian.’ He was 21 years old, and a Railway Clerk.


Hugh was educated at Burke Public School, Yorktown Collegiate School and the Provincial Institute of Technology, Canada. He later became a Bank Mangaer for the Royal Bank, North Battleford, Saskatchewan.


Travel – On the 5th April 1938, 20 year old, Hugh arrived at the Port of London. He had sailed Tourist Class on board ‘Andania’ of the Cunard White Star. His proposed address in the U.K. – Perth Airwork Limited, Perth, Scotland.

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