ID number PR03728
Title Syme, Hugh Randall, GC, GM and Bar (Lieutenant)
Record type Collection
Item count 50
Collection Private Record
Object type Documents
  • Syme, Hugh Randall (Maker)
  • Various (Maker)
Places made
  • Australia
  • United Kingdom: England
Date made 1932-1959
Measurement 1 wallet: 2.5 cm; plus 5 oversized folios
Note Open


Collection relating to the Second World War service of Lieutenant Hugh Randall Syme, RANVR who was awarded the George Cross and George Medal and Bar for a string of successful mine recoveries. Collections consists of:
1. Documents relating to Syme being given permission to join the RANVR;
2. Various certificates and related documentation;
3. Documents relating to Syme's discharge;
4. Documents relating to Syme's George Cross;
5. Documents and two photographs relating to Syme's appointment to the RAN contingent for Queen Elizabeth's coronation in 1953;
6. Six diagrams of various mines and components;
7. A news clipping about Syme and Mould titled "What happened to the heroes", and a few handwritten notes by Syme for Ivan Southall's book "Softly Tread the Brave"
8. Miscellaneous material including: diving signals; an empty envelope; letter and envelope to Syme regarding some photographs, 1958; a poem; a list on Athenaeum Club paper (undated); HMS Vernon Christmas card (undated); a membership card for the New Yorker Bar Club, London; and a membership card for the Liaison Club, London;
9. Oversize material consisting of four diagrams of mines and a certificate.
See also AWM254 items 236 and 237 for official mine reports.