From an impoverished background Hughie Edwards would go on to become an Air Commodore and, later, Governor of Western Australia. But he’s best remembered for his bravery in a Blenheim.
Hughie Idwal Edwards was the third of five children born to Welsh parents who had emigrated to Fremantle, Western Australia in 1909. Born on August 1, 1914 Edwards was educated until the age of 14 but forced to leave school when the family could no longer afford to educate him. Described as a “shy, under-confident, introspective and imaginative lad”, Edwards found jobs as a shipping office clerk then a stable hand before spending stints in various factories.