John Evans-Pughe in Thessaloniki - 20 November, 1947

from Letters of the Evans-Pughe family:

TO: The Rev. J and Mrs. Evans-Pughe,  Tovil Vicarage, Maidstone, Kent

FROM: John Evans-Pughe, 14073964 l/Cpl Evans Pughe, S.I.C. c/o A.P.O SALONIKA

DATE: November 20 1947

…It’s just 1 o’clock now and we’re just listening to the commentary on the Wedding (of Princess Elizabeth and Philip, Duke of Edinburgh).  We get the B.B.C. European service very well here at all times of the day.  It’s also dinner time now so I shall stop now, and perhaps write more after dinner…

…The time is now just …   more >>

cite as

John Evans-Pughe, Letters of the Evans-Pughe family. In Private papers of the Evans-Pughe family. accessed: 25 May, 2024 (Contributed by Christine Evans-Pughe)

location of experience: Thessaloniki


John Evans-Pughe
Chorister, electronics engineer, National Service

Listening to

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God Save the King
written by Gerhard, Baron von Bunsen
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ performed by Choir of Westminster Abbey

Experience Information

Date/Time 20 November, 1947
Medium broadcast
Listening Environment in the company of others


John Evans-Pughe (1925 to 1996) was a chorister (with his younger brother Tom) at the choir of the College of St Nicholas, Chislehurst, under Sir Sydney Nicholson and later a music scholar at Kings School Canterbury, Kent. The St Nicholas choir was recorded for many BBC broadcasts and for Columbia Records. A Columbia recording in 1939 featuring John Evans-Pughe and Michael Lumb as treble soloists singing O Lovely Peace (Handel) and Brother James’ Air (arr. Jacob) was a best seller. John did National Service in Egypt and Greece, and then studied science at Trinity College, Dublin. He went on to became an electronics engineer for Marconi Space and Defence Systems, continuing with music in his spare time.

Originally submitted by Liz Ford on Tue, 15 Sep 2015 13:03:43 +0100
Approved on Wed, 14 Oct 2015 11:03:30 +0100