Qualified Driver Mechanic Class III (Wheeled) on August 17, 1942.
Report: On 21 Oct 44 Tpr. Findlay J. was a member of a patrol which crossed the canal to recce (reconnaissance) the town of Zeebrugge, Belgium.
At map reference 84501327 (Kustlaan) sheet 21 and 31 Zeebrugge and Brugge we were pinned down by enemy fire and I ordered a withdrawal and Tpr. Findlay was shot while crossing an open field. He fell approx. 100 yard to my front and groaned for a few seconds and then remained still.
I myself was pinned down for approximately four hours after this occurrence and was unable to approach Tpr. Findlay. During all this time Tpr. Findlay did not move and I presumed that he had been killed.
Owing to the nature of the ground and position of the enemy I did not think it warranted the risk of other men's lives to attempt to extricate Tpr. Findaly. L.A. Hughes, Lieutenant.
The 12th Manitoba Dragoons (18th Armoured Car Regiment) war diary reports on Octoberber 21, 1944: The support troop of "B" Squadron today attempted to occupy Zeebrugge since the patrol there yesterday reported it clear. As it turned out, however, Zeebrugge is still held and the troop encountered heavy machine gun fire when it reached 847132 (Wilgenboomstraat). The entire troop was pinned down for some time and when it finally disengaged itself it had lost one OR (other rank, like Trooper) killed and one wounded. It is believed the Germans evacuated Zeebrugge yesterday but had sent back battle outposts today. The troop leader Lieutenant L.A. Hughes continues to lead a "charmed" life and is displaying two neat holes in his battle dress trousers.