Vancouver Militia District and Area Headquarters. After a short period with the Supplementary Reserve, he returned as Deputy Commander, Vancouver Militia District (1981-83) and Commander, Vancouver Militia District (1983-87).
Hugh’s engineering work took him to many parts of the world from Australia to Canada to Asia to North Africa. His specialty in hydro engineering gave him opportunities to be a part of the building of hydroelectric Dams in Tasmania, Australia and Mica, British Columbia as well as the construction of the Great Man Made River Project in Libya.
Notice from the Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers Newsletter
Colonel Hugh Hutchinson (Retired) 1936 – 2015
We regret to announce the death of Hugh Hutchinson at home in Florida on 5 August 2015 following a short battle with cancer. Born in New Zealand, Hugh was an adventurous and energetic man who put his efforts into his progression as a Civil Engineer, the New Zealand, Australian and Canadian Militias and his many friends and colleagues all over the world. His engineering work took him to many parts of the world from Australia to Canada to Asia and North Africa. His specialty in hydro engineering gave him opportunities to be part of the building of hydro-electric dams in Tasmania, Australia and Mica, British Columbia as well as construction of the Great Man-Made River Project in Libya.
As a former commander of 6 Field Engineer Squadron, along with Tam London and Bill Dow, he was instrumental in forging the affiliation with the Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers (Militia) in the 1970’s.
We are grateful to Colonel Jim Happer for sharing this sad news with us.
Extract from the obituary published in Greymouth, New Zealand
Nearly 25 years of Hugh’s career was dedicated to the construction of the Great Man- Made River Project (GMRP) in Libya in which he was initially the Phase One project manager. The GMRP involved the construction of a 4 metre internal diameter pipeline to extract water from beneath the Sahara desert and piping it thousands of kilometres to key coastal Libyan Cities.
When civil order collapsed with the demise of the Gaddafi government, Hugh worked extensively to ensure the safe extraction of his many colleagues prior to his own evacuation by the British. Hugh continued to assist the project from outside of Libya as he was enormously proud of the engineering accomplishment of the GMRP.
In addition to the celebration at the Lt Col J. P. Fell Armoury, a family ceremony to inter his ashes will be held in Greymouth, New Zealand.
Donations to the 6 Field Engineer Squadron Museum Association (www.6es.ca) or Hospice of Palm Beach County (www.hpbc.com) are requested in lieu of flowers.