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hudsonOn 6 November 1915, the Midland Counties Express printed the photographs above of the sons of Mrs Hudson of 31 Dartmouth Street, Wolverhampton:

  • Private Harry, 2/6th South Staffordshires, who had joined in May and was 19
  • Private Harold, of the 3rd Worcesters, who was 29. He had been missing since March
  • Farrier-sergeant John, Royal Field Artillery, who served in the Boer War (receiving two medals) and had been at the front since the war began
  • Driver Herbert, Royal Artillery, aged 24, had been in France five months and was in South Africa when war broke out.

These were the sons of John and Mary T. Hudson, who were living at 11 Deanery Row in 1891, and at 54 Navigation Street in 1901.

Harry was born in 1898. He was the only one of the sons still living with his parents in 1911, at Court 4, Sutherland Place. The 14-year-old Harry was an errand boy for a fruiterer’s. I have not been able to confirm details of his military service or details of his , although he did survive the war.

Harold Edward was born in Wolverhampton in 1886. By 1901 he was a striker at the Edge Tool Works. Harold married Lucy Clift in Wolverhampton in 1906, and by 1911 they were living at 51 Bank Street, Park Village, Heath Town, and Harold was now a railway Carriage Cleaner. From 12 August 1914, Harold served with the 3rd Worcestershire Regiment (service number 7405). However, he was killed in action on 12 March 1915. He is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, as well as on that at Heath Park.

John was born in Wolverhampton in 1884. Like his brother Harold, he was a Striker at the Edge Tool Works in 1901. I have not been able to confirm details of his military service or further details of his life.

Herbert was born in 1891, but again I have not been able to confirm any further details.