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Hubble, Desmond Ellis

Date of birth:
January 29th, 1910 (Barnes/Greater London, United Kingdom)
Date of death:
September 11th, 1944 (KZ Buchenwald)
Mentioned on:
Commonwealth Memorial of the Missing Bayeux
Nationality:
British (1801-present, Kingdom)

Biography

1939: Royal Artillery
1942-1943: SOE, West Africa
1944: SOE, France

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Temporary Captain
Unit:
F Section, Special Operations Executive (SOE), British Government
Awarded on:
June 6th, 1946
"From October 1942 to November 1943 Capt. HUBBLE was principal representative of a combined special mission in WEST AFRICA, where he served in BATHURST and FREETOWN successively. In these posts he displayed a high sense of responsibility, initiative and discretion.

On his return to the U.K. he volunteered to go on a mission to the maquis in FRANCE and was parachuted to the ARDENNES on 5th June 1944. On 12th June he went out with a reconnaissance party which ran into a German patrol. A skirmish ensued during which HUBBLE was separated with one or two others, and captured. In the short interval between his arrival and capture he had already laid on a number of air operations and provided much information on the area in his cables.

HUBBLE was imprisoned at ST. QUENTIN, then at FRESNES and COMPIEGNE before being sent to BUCHENWALD. He was repeatedly very badly beaten and tortured but all reports from the ARDENNES area, FRESNES and BUCHENWALD, concur in their descriptions of the admirable fortitude with which he faced these trials, and no compromising information was given away by him. He was killed at BUCHENWALD in September 1944.

It is recommended that Captain HUBBLE be awarded a posthumous Mention in Despatches."

Posthumously awarded
Mentioned in Dispatches
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Captain
Unit:
W Section, Special Operations Executive (SOE), British Government
Awarded on:
March 10th, 1950
Ridder in de Koninklijke Orde van de Leeuw

With palm. Posthumously awarded.
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Captain
Unit:
West Africa Section, Special Operations Executive (SOE), British Government
Awarded on:
March 10th, 1950

With palm. Posthumously awarded.
Croix de Guerre 1940

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