They made the Ultimate Sacrifice


Robert Alexander Hughes 


Lieutenant, RCNVR


Born: 12 Mar 1912, Galt, Ontario


Died: 10 Feb 1942 at sea


Book of Remembrance


HUGHES, Robert Alexander, Lt, RCNVR, MPK - 10 Feb 1942, HMCS SPIKENARD - Son of Edwin Arthur and Isabel Hughes, of Dundas, Ontario; husband of Esther Hughes, of Dundas.


Lt Hughes died when his ship, HMCS SPIKENARD, was torpedoed and sunk by U-136, about 465 nautical miles west of Malin Head, Ireland while escorting convoy SC-67. Of her crew of 65, there were only 8 survivors.


Lieut. Robert A. Hughes, RCNVR, first officer of the Canadian corvette Spikenard, is missing and presumed lost in action, according to word received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.A. Hughes of Dundas, Ont. He was 29, married, with an 18-months-old son, Robert, J. His wife lived at the Eastern Canadian port which wast the base of Lieut. Hughes' ship.


Robert's brother, David Hughes, died in the sinking of HMCS ESQUIMALT


Ships served in:

HAMILTON DIVISION RCNVR - Enlisted 21 Nov 1939 as an A/Lt, RCNVR

HMCS STADACONA - Appointed to STADACONA 30 Jul 1940, "For Barracks" as an A/Lt, RCNVR

HMCS ASSINIBOINE - Appointed to ASSINIBOINE 19 Sep 1940 as a A/Lt, RCNVR

HMCS STADACONA - Appointed to STADACONA 13 Jan 1941 Add'l for Disposal as a Lt, RCNVR

HMCS STADACONA - Appointed to STADACONA 14 Jan 1941 for RCN BARRACKS (Divisional Duties) as a Lt, RCNVR

HMCS STADACONA - Appointed to STADACONA 26 Jun 1941 Add'l for Training and Disposal as a Lt, RCNVR

HMCS SPIKENARD - Appointed to SPIKENARD 27 Jun 1941 as a Lt, RCNVR, XO 





(RH01) Lt Hughes on the bridge of HMCS SPIKENARD (newspaper article)

(RH02) Article on the death of Lt Hughes

(RH03) Documents from the Service File of Robert Hughes


Article on Lt Robert Hughes and his brother L/SA David Hughes


Article for the Toronto Telegram Feb 1942 on SPIKENARD casualties



Second World War Casualty Index