Hugh Barry O'Sullivan

O'SULLIVAN, Lieutenant-Colonel Hugh Barry, MC

Barry O'Sullivan was commissioned into the Royal Tank Corps in 1934 and joined the 5th Battalion, serving in India on the North West Frontier, where he was "mentioned in despatches". He went to Calais in 1940 with the 3rd Royal Tank Regiment, was captured and spent a year in a prisoner of war camp in Poland, before escaping back to Britain. He was awarded a MC on his return.

He served in many of the Royal Tank Regiments, including commanding the newly formed Boys Squadron at Bovington, in 1951. His final post was commanding the 40th Royal Tank Regiment.

He was a keen sportsman and sailor. He drowned on a sailing holiday in July 1956 and was awarded posthumously, the Royal Humane Society Medal for Saving Life at Sea.

ROYAL HUMANE SOCIETY MEDAL FOR SAVING LIFE AT SEA (GOLD)

Country: United Kingdom

ROYAL HUMANE SOCIETY MEDAL FOR SAVING LIFE AT SEA (SILVER)

Country: United Kingdom