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19-February-2016
19-February-2016
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A stained glass window commemorates Flight Lieutenant Nigel Russell Pugh, who was killed in action in May 1944 during World War Two.  He was flying CAC Boomerang, A46-159.

On 29 May 1944, while giving air support to the Navy escorting a convoy in the Arafura Sea, Flight Lieutenant Pugh's plane crashed into the sea, apparently after making a very tight turn, or possibly clipping the Beaufort that he was relieving. Initially reported missing, an extensive search and official enquiry found a presumption of death as a result of air operations. 

On the 2nd March 1947, twelve stained glass windows were unveiled in Geelong Grammar's Chapel of All Saints. The windows commemorate twelve old boys who lost their lives during World War Two. The Reverend J. D. McKie, Bishop of Geelong declared that the windows would serve as a reminder of gallant young men who had laid down their lives. 


 

Location

Address:Art School Road & Tower Road, Geelong Grammar School Chapel, Corio, 3214
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -38.069637
Long: 144.399168
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Window
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Military
Actual Event STart Date:29-May-1944
Actual Event End Date:29-May-1944
Link:http://vhd.heritage.vic.gov.au/vhd/…

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 2nd March, 1947
Front Inscription

S. W. PACIFIC
Killed On Active Service

Arafura Sea, 29th May 1944
Flight Lieut.
Nigel Russell Pugh 
No. 83 Squadron, R.A.A.F.

Tranquility

They Shall
Hunger No More,
Neither Thirst
Any More,
Neither Shall
The Sun Light
On Them Nor
Any Heat.

Source: MA, VWHI
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