Saturday, 21 December 2013

R.I.P Hugh ARNOLD (ML446)

Photo courtesy of Scott VanOsdol -

I recently received sad news of the passing of Hugh Arnold - in raid terms Sub Lieutenant Hugh Wilson Arnold, RNVR, DSC, of Motor Launch 446. Hugh's launch, captained by Lieutenant Dick Falconar, RNVR, M.i.D, was at the tail of the port column of attacking MLs, carrying Captain 'Bertie' Hodgson's Commando party, a small medical team under Captain Mike Barling, RAMC, and a Belgian member of the Special Operations Executive, Captain D.R. de Jonghe. Hugh was badly wounded in the conflict in the estuary, and the short extract below, from 'Storming St Nazaire' may help convey the ferocity of the response awaiting his, and the other, small boats. The 446 was to have put her men ashore on the Old Mole, however this structure's gun defences remained in action throughout, making it impossible for Falconar to put her alongside. She succeeded in making it out of the estuary, where she was scuttled.

Hugh's actions during the raid resulted in the award of the Distinguished Service Cross (The London Gazette of Tuesday 19th May, 1942)

Here is the 'Telegraph' notice giving details of the funeral arrangements.

ARNOLD - Hugh Wilson, DSC. Aged 92, peacefully on 17th December at Arbrook House Nursing Home. Beloved husband of Pam, loving father of Rob and Alice. Memorial Service at St Andrew's United Reformed Church, Walton-on-Thames, KT12 1LG on 31st December at 12.30 p.m. No flowers please. Donations, if desired, to St Nazaire Society c/o Lodge Brothers 01372 463903 or

UPDATE: to read Hugh's obituary in the 'Telegraph' go to this link -