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Hubert Eric Bax

Hubert Eric Bax was born on 16th August 1916, the fourth in a family of eight, seven boys and one girl. Son of Claude Waldo Gordon Bax and Nina Alexandra Bax, of Mullion, Cornwall

Educated at Truro Cathedral School where he took part in the annual Shakespearian production and sport, being a useful left-handed bat.

He began training at the Royal Veterinary College in Edinburgh to qualify as a vet, but although successful in his studies he was unable to continue yhe long course as it was too costly.

He then became an Analytical Chemist, working in Exeter. He was living there when the City was heavily bombed, and was indeed active in helping to salvage the Cathedral stained glass, shattered by German bombers.

Although he was in a 'Reserved Occupation' he decided to volunteer and after six month's training in the 17th/21st Lancers he served in the African Campaign. His tank was destroyed by enemy action on 23rd April 1943 and he is buried in Tunisia, commemorated on the Medjez-El-Bab Memorial.

1939-45 STAR