Hugh joined 13th Army Field Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery, 19 Mar 1941 and embarked for the Middle East on 1 Sept 1941. He embarked for Australia on 20 Mar 1942. He transferred to 1st Australian Commando Training Battalion on 25 Feb 1943 and joined the 2/2nd on 15 May 1943. He embarked with the unit for New Guinea aboard “DUNTROON” on 17 Jun 1943 as a Trooper in No 5 Section, "B" Troop.
Doig's book, has the following, "On 22 Oct 1943, Lt Doig and No 5 Section were ordered to patrol towards Mataloi III, in the RAMU Valley, New Guinea. On the 25 Oct 1943, they reached Orguruni Village and came under intense fire from 15 yards (13.5 Mtrs). When Private Hughie Brown, the Section Bren Gunner, was killed by a sniper, Private Mitchell took over the Bren Gun and became a victim of the same sniper."
He was Killed in Action, 25 Oct 1943. He is commemorated on Panel 1, LAE MEMORIAL, New Guinea.
He was entitled to the 1939-45 Star, Africa Star, Pacific Star, War Medal and Australian Service Medal 1939-45.
Edited by Peter Epps