He rejoined the 1st Battalion, then at Iserlohn, B.A.O.R., in early 1956, first as a Company Commander, then as Second in Command, and he assumed command of the 1st Battalion in succession to Lieut.-Colonel C. P. Vaughan, D.S.O., in November, 1956.
He commanded the 1st Battalion for almost the whole of its tour in the Caribbean from 1957 to 1959 and again took over from Lieut.- Colonel C. P. Vaughan, this time as A.A.G. Western Command, Chester, in July, 1959.
He was promoted Colonel in 1960 on assuming the appointment of Colonel A/Q. H.Q. 1 British Corps in Germany, which appointment he held for the next three years. In 1963 he was posted to the Malaysian Armed Forces at the Malaysian Ministry of Defence, Kuala Lumpur, an appointment which in fact turned out to be that of the first Quartermaster General (Colonel) to the Malaysian Armed Forces as Chief of the "Logistics" Staff, in which appointment he became a member of the Malaysian Armed Forces Council.
In the Malaysian Birthday Honours List in June, 1966, of His Majesty The Yang di-Pertuan Agong he was awarded the Honorary Kesatria Mangku Negara in the Most Distinguished Order of the Pangkuan Negara (K.M.N.).
He retired from the Army on 8th June 1966 (London Gazette 5th August 1966), after 31 years service, and on 8th April he again flew out to Singapore to assume the appointment of R.O. III (Quartering) G. H.Q. FARELF.
Colonel T. F. (Freddie) Hughes, DSO died on the 1st November 1985, age 71. His funeral took place at the Garrison Church of St. Michael and St. George, Aldershot on the 5th November 1985. Colonel T. J. Bowen, MC gave the address at the funeral.
Colonel Hughes (1966)