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John Hudson, born about 1883, in Steeple Aston, Oxfordshire.1

Parents: John, (Head), age 46, a Baker and Grocer and Francis, age 44. John, age 46 and Francis, age 44. Daughter: Agnes T. age 3. Sons: Charles, a Scholar, age 13, Robert L., a Scholar, age 11, John, a Scholar, age 8, Cecil F. age 5. Mary A. Pearcey, Widow, age 67.1

Parents: John Hudson (Head), a Baker, age 66, Born: Abingdon, Berkshire and Frances, a Baker, age 63, married 34 years, they had 6 children, with 5 still living, Born: Croydon, Surrey, England. Daughter: Cecil Frances, a School Teacher, age 25, single. Son: Robert Louis, a Baker’s Assistant, age 31, single, Born: Gt Berkhampstead, Hertford, England and John, a Steel Tube threader at Steel Works, age 28, single, Born: Steeple Ashton, Oxfordshire, England.2

Date of dis-embarcation 10th November 1914. Husband of Elizabeth Basham (formerly Hudson), of 88 Watkin St. Swansea.  He served with the Welsh Regiment, 2nd Battalion, service number 6698. Died 18th July 1916, age 32. Memorial, Panel Reference, pier and face 7A and 10A, Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.3 & 4 

Pte. John Hudson 2nd Welsh.5

On Saturday evening presentations were made to Lieut. G. L. Andrews, 13th Battalion R.W.F., second son of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Andrews, "Rhos," Fforestfach, and Private John Hudson 2nd Welsh Regiment, son of Mr. and' Mrs. Hudson, the Cross. On behalf of the local inhabitants, Mr. Ben Jones, who presided, handed the former a beautiful sword, suitably inscribed, as a token of their recognition of his promotion from the ranks, while Mrs. (P.S.) Taylor handed Private Hudson a Bible. Both recipients feelingly responded and expressed thanks for their gifts, and more particularly for the spirit which prompted the giving of them. Madame Edith; Thomas, Landore, rendered two thrilling solos, and loudly applauded, while Mr. G. T. Evans sang verses suitable for the occasion, Miss L J. Evans accompanying. Mr. J Thomas, Cwmbwrla, gave two splendid recitations. Bright, brief and appropriate speeches were delivered by the following:- E. J. Hughes, Calfaria; D. L. Daniel. St. Illtyd's; D. Jenkin  Jones, Saron; E. J. Lewis, Cockett; Messrs. Ben Jones,  Thomas Williams, J. H. Rees , Gendros School; W. F. Samuel. Mr. W. R. Francis, solicitor, acted as treasurer, and; Mr. W. G. R. John performed the secretarial duties. Russian flag day was observed on Saturday. The children attending Gendros, Cockett, and Cadle schools were entrusted with the selling of the flags, and valuable work was also done by the teachers.”6

Mr. J. Hudson (baker and confectioner, The Cross, Fforestfach), has received a communication from his son-in-law, Quarter master-Sergt. Wolsey, Welsh Regt., that his son, Pte. John Hudson, of the same regiment, is wounded and missing. Pte. Hudson had been in the thickest of the fray since the outbreak of war, and in spite of his strenuous experiences, looked remarkably fit when home on leave some months ago.”7

Medals: Victory, British & Star.8 & 9

1 1889 Census Wales
2 1911 Census Wales
3 UK WW1 Service Medal and Award Rolls 1914-1920
4 Commonwealth War Graves Commission
5 Cambrain Daily Leader 13.11.1914
6 Cambrian Daily Leader 15.11.1915
7 Cambrian Daily Leader 07.08.1916
8 UK, WWI Service Medal and Award Rolls, 1914-1920
9 British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920