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Place of birthGreenwich, England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationTea buyer and expert
Addressc/o C.E. Murnin and Co., Gresham Street, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation40
Height5' 11"
Weight141 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs Violet Josephine Hudson, c/o Winchcombe Carson Ltd., Bridge Street, Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed for 2 years in the Middlesex Yeomanry.
Enlistment date9 June 1915
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name31st Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/48/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A70 Ballarat on 18 February 1916
Rank from Nominal Roll2nd Lieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll31st Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularTaken on strength, 31st Bn, 4 May 1916.
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFromelles, France
Age at death41
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsAustralian Cemetery (V.C. Corner Panel No. 3), Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 18 February 1916; disembarked Suez, 23 March 1916.

Marched out 8th Training Bn, Tel el Kebir, 2 May 1916; taken on strength 31st Bn, Ferry Post, 4 May 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 16 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Reported missing, 19 July 1916.

Placed on Seconded List, 9 August 1916.

Reported missing since 19 July 1916, struck off strength, 20 October 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 1 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.

Note: Information received from Red Cross Information Bureau, 10 November 1916, claimed that Second Lieutenant Hudson had died a prisoner on 14 July 1916, five days before he went missing.

Note on Red Cross File No 1380605: 'No trace Germany. Cert. by Capt. Mills. 10.10.19.'

Statement, 2129 Pte J.P. DALE, 31st Bn (patient, 1st Australian Auxiliary hospital, Harefield, England), 8 (?) August 1916: 'Hudson was killed in the trenches by shell or shrapnel on 19th. He was not killed at once, but died soon after.'

Second statement, 3132 Pte J. COGNET, 31st Bn (patient, HM Queen Mary's Royal Naval Hospital, Southend-on-Sea, England), 30 August 1916: 'Informant states Lieut Hudson was wounded in our trenches just before we went over the parapet hit in the legs and side, he was not very bad when we left him.'

Third statement, 412 Pte T. McBRYDE, 31st Bn, 27 February 1917: 'I knew Mr. Hudson, we were at Fleurbaix. We held the trenches for 14 hours and were then bombed out. Mr Hudson. was killed on the 19th July between 6 and 7 in the evening. Sergt. Griffiths saw him killed and I think buried him. I knew he saw him killed because he told me so afterwards.'

Fourth statement, 861 Sergeant J.E. GRIFFITHS, 31st Bn, 18 March 1917: 'I knew him personally and last saw him before charging the German Lines at Fleurbaix, on 19th. July. He was in our front line rallying his men before going over, about 6 p.m. I know he got across safely but firmly believe through enquiries I have made in the Battn. he was killed beyond the German Lines before we retired on the 20th.'

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsWife's address subsequently, c/o Vero Read and Bell, Solicitors, Castlereach House, corner of Castlereach and Hunter Streets, Sydney, New South Wales; then, c/o Norton, Smith and Co., Marlborough Chambers, 2 O?Connell Street, Sydney, New South Wales (6 February 1920); then c/o Norton Smith and Co., Perpetual Trustee Chambers, 39 Hunter Street, Sydney, New South Wales; then, after remarrying, Mrs. V. J. Forbes, Ham Lodge, Ham, Surrey, England (27 December 1922)
SourcesNAA: B2455, HUDSON Arthur
Red Cross file 1380605

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