War veteran Hugh, 101, donates lifetime of research to Pembrokeshire museum

Centenarian Hugh Langrishe is welcomed to  Pembroke Dock Heritage Centre by Patron John Evans. With them are, left to right: Cliff Morris, Julie Cavanagh and Jack Langrishe. <i>(Image: Martin Cavaney Photography)</i>
Centenarian Hugh Langrishe is welcomed to Pembroke Dock Heritage Centre by Patron John Evans. With them are, left to right: Cliff Morris, Julie Cavanagh and Jack Langrishe. (Image: Martin Cavaney Photography)

A centenarian Fleet Air Arm Veteran has made a nostalgic return to Pembrokeshire to donate documents, photographs and books - a lifetime of research - to Pembroke Dock Heritage Centre.

Hugh Langrishe, who recently celebrated his 101st birthday, lived in Pembrokeshire for 25 years - initially at Llanfallteg and then at Saundersfoot - with his wife, Pam, who died last year.  Since 1994 he has lived at Bromyard, Herefordshire.

He was joined by his son Jack and partner Julie Cavanagh, and friend Cliff Morris.

Hugh served as an engineering officer in the Fleet Air Arm during World War II and was attached to Royal Navy squadrons at air stations in Australia which supported the British Pacific Fleet.

This prompted his research into many aspects of aviation history. When living locally he was a very active member of the Pembrokeshire Aviation Group.

"Absolutely outstanding"

This was Hugh's first visit to the Centre and he commented: “I did not expect to find such a professional museum. Everyone involved has done a job which is absolutely outstanding.

"The result is better than many a professional museum or collection I have seen. It deserves any award it might fetch.”

John Evans, of the Heritage Trust, added: “We were honoured to welcome Hugh back to the county and to be entrusted with his archive which includes a remarkable photographic collection.”