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Albert HUDSON

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Surname: HUDSON

Forename(s): Albert

Place of Birth: Royton, Lancashire

Service No: R/11663

Rank: Rifleman

Regiment / Corps / Service: King’s Royal Rifle Corps

Battalion / Unit: 9th (Service) Battalion

Division: 14th (Light) Division

Age: 29

Date of Death: 1916-09-15

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Pier and Face 13 A and 13 B.

CWGC Cemetery: ---

CWGC Memorial: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: BARNOLDSWICK, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

Albert Hudson was the son of Seth and Mary Ellen Hudson, née Eachus. Seth and Mary Ellen were both born at Greenfield, Saddleworth, Yorkshire.

1891 Royton, Lancashire Census: 208, Heyside - Albert Hudson, aged 3 years, born Royton, son of Seth and Mary E. Hudson.

1901 Colne, Lancashire Census: 118, Keighley Road - Albert Hudson, aged 13 years, born Oldham, Lancashire, son of Seth and Mary E. Hudson.

Albert was married to Minnie Jones in 1910.

1911 Barnoldswick, Yorkshire Census: 10, Ellis Street - Albert Hudson, aged 23 years, born Oldham, Lancashire, husband of Minnie Hudson.

The British Army Service Record for Albert Hudson exists but may be incomplete.

Albert is commemorated in the Memorial Books of the Post Office Fellowship of Remembrance.

A short biography of Albert is included in: ‘Barnoldswick - A small Town’s part in conflicts 1800 to 2014’ by Peter Ian Thompson (2014).

Data Source: Craven’s Part in the Great War - original CPGW book entry

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:

HUDSON, A., aged 29 years, K.R.R., 32, Melbourne Mount, [Barnoldswick], killed in action Sept. 15, 1916.

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Rifleman Albert HUDSON

Rifleman Albert HUDSON

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: King’s Royal Rifle Corps

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: King’s Royal Rifle Corps

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 14th (Light) Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 14th (Light) Division

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Surname: HUDSON

Forename(s): Albert

Born: Oldham, Lancs

Residence: Barnoldswick

Enlisted: Nelson, Lancs

Number: R/11663

Rank: Rifleman

Regiment: King's Royal Rifle Corps

Battalion: 9th Battalion

Decorations:

Died Date: 15/09/16

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders

Notes:

Data from Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records

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Surname: HUDSON

Forename(s): Albert

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: R/11663

Rank: Rifleman

Regiment: King's Royal Rifle Corps

Unit: 9th Bn.

Age:

Awards:

Died Date: 15/09/1916

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FLERS & GUEUDECOURT 15-26 SEPTEMBER 1916, Trevor Pidgeon (Leo Cooper 2002; Pen & Sword Books Ltd.)

9th (Service) Bn. Kings Royal Rifle Corps

Having begun the attack on a fairly narrow front, 14th Division’s sector had now broadened out. From the First Objective, where it was only 650 yards wide, it had expanded to 1,000 yards at the Second Objective (Gap Trench). From now on it was gradually to widen even further to reach as much as 1,500 yards at the Third Objective (Bulls Road) lying ahead. The men of 42 Brigade – 9/Rifle Brigade and 5/King’s Shropshire Light Infantry in front, followed by 9/KRRC and 5/Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry – had suffered casualties even before arriving at Gap Trench. Now, leading the attack, they suffered more, but the widening front and consequent thinning of their formation may have saved them from even greater losses, especially east of Watling Street, where a German machine gun or guns at Point 91 in Gird Trench on their right front had already inflicted much damage . . . Parties of men had already pushed forward on either side of, and inside, the sunken course of Watling Street. They had attacked two German cannon – 77mm field guns belonging to the Sunken Road Section (Hohlwegzug) of 1/Battery, 7/Saxon Field Artillery Regiment, positioned just south of the junction with Bulls Road. In the encounter they had taken the full force of case-shot from these guns, commanded by Leutnant Kohl, son of a German general. Despite their losses, men of 9/KRRC under the command of Sergeant Elderfield, supported machine guns further back, crept forward close enough to pick off the crews. Others escaped, and in the end only Kohl and a few of his men were left to defend themselves with small arms fire. They finally disabled the guns and fled, but Elderfield’s men shot Kohl before he had gone 10 yards. Gravely wounded, he was dragged 200 yards along Watling Street by his companions before they abandoned him to die.

Elderfield and his party pursued them northwards, reportedly as far as Gird Trench, but must now have become conscious of the lack of support being given by their own side. The few men still around them, both Rifle Brigade and KRRC, were thinning out, their ranks still subjected to withering fire from the machine guns at Point 91 and elsewhere in Gird Trench to their east.

[Albert Hudson was killed on the 15th September 1916.]

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30 March 1917

HUDSON – Missing in France since September, 1916, and death now officially notified, Private Albert Hudson, King’s Roya1 Rifles, formerly postman at Barnoldswick, aged 29 years.

30 March 1917

FORMER BARNOLDSWICK POSTMAN MISSING SINCE SEPTEMBER – PTE. ALBERT HUDSON

The death has now been officially notified of Pte. Albert Hudson, King’s Royal Rifles, who had been missing in France since September 15th last year. Deceased, who was 29 years of age, was formerly a postman at Colne, and served nine years in that capacity at Barnoldswick before joining the Army in April 1915. He had been out in France about seven months when reported missing. He leaves a wife and three children living at 32, Melbourne Mount, Barnoldswick.

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30 March 1917

HUDSON – On Sept. 15th, 1916, Pte. Albert Hudson, of the King’s Royal Rifles, husband of Mrs. Hudson, of 32, Melbourne Street, Barnoldswick, aged 29.

30 March 1917

BARNOLDSWICK – DOUBTS SET AT REST

Missing since September Last

The death has now been officially notified of Pte. Albert Hudson, King’s Royal Rifles, who had been missing in France since September 15th last year. Deceased, who was 29 years of age, was formerly a postman at Colne, and served nine years in that capacity at Barnoldswick before joining the army in April, 1915. He had been out in France about seven months when reported missing. He leaves a wife and three children living at 32, Melbourne Mount, Barnoldswick.

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