Rank: Private
Service Number: 46113.
Regiment: 8th Bn. Royal Welsh Fusiliers Killed In Action Wednesday 20th December 1916 Age 31County Memorial Chester
Commemorated\Buried BASRA MEMORIAL
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8th Bn Royal Welch Fusiliers.

Son of Amos Hudson, 13 Clare Avenue, Hoole, Chester.

Residing at 29 William Street, Chester when made Freeman of Chester on 15th February 1908 by indenture – French polisher.

Siblings: Mary and Esther.

Enlisted on 4th December 1915, aged 30 years 5 months, at Chester, occupation – French Polisher. Next of kin shown as his wife, Mary Hudson, 61 Cherry Road, Tarvin Road, Chester. Marriage shown as (3rd or 8th) November 1914. 1 son, Ronald William, born 29th April 1915.

Killed in action in Mesopotamia 20th December 1916.

A Court of enquiry was held into his death, and found that, ‘The Court is of the opinion that Pte Hudson of the “A” Company RWF was killed on 20th December 1916 near the SHAMERUN BEND of the River Tigris. The information at its disposal does not enable it to say with certainty that the man 46113 Pte W.Hudson, who is reported missing on that date, is the same man, but there seems no reasonable doubt on the point. President Lt Col. A.H.Nott I.M.S.  The Court subsequently heard testimony from No 36874 Cpl Gough 8th RWF, an inmate of the Victoria War Hospital, Bombay, who states that on 20th December 1916, ‘he was only two files from Pte Hudson when the latter was shot by a sniper from the opposite bank of the river, he actually saw him fall, Pte Hudson was shot somewhere about the neck or shoulder, he saw blood there, he never seemed to move after he fell, it was about 5 minutes before they retired higher up on the river. As far as he knows, the body was not moved. The place where Hudson fell was left in enemy hands, and there could be no attempt to retrieve Hudson’s body’.

(Illegible then) ‘Exhaustive enquiries have been made but no further information has come to hand, beyond the fact that when the Battalion returned to bivouac after the unsuccessful attempt to cross the Tigris at HUSSAINI on the date in question, one man was left unburied close to the river bank, it being impossible to get him owing to heavy fire. The body was unrecognisable owing to the fact that it was badly wounded about the head and face, presumably by machine gun fire.

‘In view of this evidence, coupled with the evidence already prodeuced the attached proceedings of the Court of Enquiry and in view of the fact that no other man of the Battalion was reported missing on that day, I am of the opinion that death may be presumed. Signed M.Gambler-Parry 17/7/17 Commanding 8th RWF.

His widow was awarded 18/9 for herself and 1 child from 3rd September 1917.

He is commemorated on the Basra Memorial.

Cheshire County Memorial Project would like to thank Chris Pate for this information on William